US Secretary of State to shorten Asian tour due to Trump illness.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cut the schedule of his tour of Asia. The head of the American foreign policy department will not visit Mongolia and South Korea, as previously planned.
At the same time, Pompeo still intends to pay a visit to Japan, which will take place from 4 to 6 October. A quadripartite meeting will be held in Tokyo, with the participation of the Foreign Ministers of Japan, the USA, India and Australia. The parties are expected to discuss the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
It was originally expected that US Secretary of State Pompeo, who was visiting Asia, would shorten his itinerary and only visit Tokyo for a “four-party security dialogue” with four foreign ministers.
According to some reports, the US Secretary of State, the head of American diplomacy, decided to revise his schedule, after the infection of American President Donald Trump, with the Coronavirus. It is not completely clear how critical the state of American President Donald Trump is at the moment. Scattered information appears in the media on this subject.
Trump posted on Twitter in the early morning of the 2nd, that he and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19 and were admitted to the hospital, on the advice of doctors and medical experts, that evening.
When Trump announced his diagnosis, the US Secretary of State was in Europe. He visited Greece, Italy, the Vatican and Croatia from September 27 to October 2. Pompeo said on the 2nd, that the New Coronavirus test was done 20 minutes before the plane landed in Dubrovnik and the test result was negative. This is the fourth time he was tested in a week. Pompeo said at the time, that he was reconsidering his upcoming trip to Asia.
The US Secretary of State is the fourth in row, who will have to replace the head of the American state, if the latter is unable to fulfill his duties.