ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pompeo says US diplomats’ morale ‘good’ despite shutdown

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pompeo says US diplomats’ morale ‘good’ despite shutdown

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Jan 12, 2019— American diplomats are upbeat despite the government shutdown that has left many of them working without pay, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday.

“Morale is good,” Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, one of the stops on his nine-nation tour of Middle East, as the shutdown was set to enter its fourth week. “They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they’re executing them.”

“We’re doing our best to make sure it doesn’t impact our diplomacy,” he said of the longest federal shutdown in U.S.

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