Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is as secure as any Trump administration official can be. He’s close to the president, understands Congress and has been welcomed by subordinates desperate for better leadership.
The question looming over Pompeo a day after his swearing-in: How long can the honeymoon last?
In an administration where fortunes quickly rise or fall, Pompeo, who previously served as CIA director, is a survivor. But he’s stepping into a job where the shifting demands of a mercurial president proved too much for his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, who once ran the world’s biggest oil company. And he’ll have to find a way to balance President Donald Trump’s demands for budget cuts with staff expectations that he’ll have their backs.
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