In line with the Washington Publish, Mike Pompeo and his spouse ship out invites to all types of Christmas occasions they arrange below the auspices of the State Division regardless of anti-COVID-19 restrictions. One of many occasions, scheduled for December 15, would have about 900 visitors, the quoted supply reveals. Or the mayor’s workplace of the American capital banned the conferences of greater than ten individuals in closed areas, to be able to struggle the brand new coronavirus.

With the USA going by a darkish interval as a consequence of COVID-19, with greater than 210,000 new circumstances and greater than 2,900 deaths on Thursday alone, the American Overseas Service Affiliation, a union of American diplomats, addressed the State Division on Friday with the advice ” to take a step again ”and“ to undertake a accountable habits ”.

The influential Democratic senator Bob Menendez despatched a letter to Mike Pompeo asking him to “prioritize well being” and “cancel these occasions which can be clearly not essential and don’t deserve the danger of spreading much more” the illness attributable to the brand new coronavirus.

A number of receptions organized by Donald Trump in violation of all well being suggestions have was main sources of contamination, notes AFP.

A staunch supporter of Trump, Mike Pompeo has been repeatedly accused of utilizing the State Division for private political ambitions. The top of US diplomacy, who will hand over the mandate to Antony Blinken on January 20, has not but reacted to the controversy.

However a State Division spokesman assured that these occasions observe the well being suggestions, the visitors being separated into small teams and compelled to “put on masks and keep away.”