tv Secretary of State Pompeo Remarks to Staff CSPAN May 1, 2018 5:14pm-5:28pm EDT
to talk about, all three of them believed that without their wives they could not have pulled this off. apollo was the most interest mission they had ever run, and it looked to many people like most certain death to go on this thing. it was rushed to the launchpad. everything was for the first time. so these men needed wives who are absolutely supportive, but not just supportive, but would not reveal to their husbands how much they were suffering and how terrified they were. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. earlier today, back from his first trip abroad, secretary of state mike pompeo gave welcoming remarks the state department employees. he was introduced by john sullivan. this is about 15 minutes. [applause]
[applause] [cheers] mr. sullivan: thank you. it is a great honor to be here to introduce our new secretary of state. before i do so, i wanted to thank all of you, each and every one of you, for your hard work over the last six weeks. the pace of world events does not pause to allow the united states government to change from
one secretary of state to another, but it is because of your dedication and professionalism that this department has continued to meet its mission for the american people. so thank you to all of you for all you have done. [applause] mr. sullivan: now it is my honor to introduce our new secretary. it is a former three term member of congress, former, now director of the central intelligence agency. i offer my own perspective as somebody who comes from the private practice of law, and in looking at his bio i looked at it through the lens of a former law firm partner, and i imagined how i would assess his bio if i were looking at our opposing
counsel. and i had to advise my clients on who we would be dealing with. and what stood out to me was, we have a take commander, who then nk ta commander, who then went to harvard law school. so if i were advising my client on who we would be dealing with on the other side of the table, if it were a negotiation, or if it were in a courtroom, i would say, wow. we are dealing with a cross between george patton and oliver wendell holmes. [laughter] so that is a pretty tough, tough combination to face as an opponent, but the good news for us is he is coming here to lead our team. it's the adversaries of the united states who will be facing
that formidable opponent across the table. so without further do, i will turn -- ado, i will turn over the microphone to the 70th secretary of state, mike pompeo. [applause] [cheers] thank you.: thank you. thank you. thank you for those most gracious words, john. and thank you for your service standing in the gap. you have done it remarkable job. i've had the chance to work alongside you as a cia director and you have done this organization incredibly proud. america should be proud of you. and thank you for this amazing work. [applause]
so, i think i have the record for the longest trip on the first day of work. [laughter] and i am humbled to be here. i tried to prepare myself for this moment, but to stand here and look at the most important diplomatic corps in the world is enormously humbling to me. talked in my hearing about the fact that this nation is so exceptional and so incredibly blessed. and the facts that derive from aat is it also creates responsibility and duty for america, all across the world. and i know for certain that america cannot, cannot execute that duty, cannot achieve its objectives absent you all. americanecuting
foreign-policy in every corner of the world with incredible vigor and energy. and i am looking forward to helping you all achieve that. [laughter] [applause] my remarks today will be relatively brief. tomorrow, the president will be here to do my official swearing in. i think much of the cabinet will be here as well. it is an important day for the president's first trip to this important place, and i'm looking for the been there with you and to have the honor of the president of the united states to my formal swearing-in. and then, sometime later this week, or beginning of the next, i will do more to develop my intent, why hope to achieve with your help. spin to the entire workforce. i will lay out for you my expertise is in hopes -- my expectations and hopes. most importantly i will share my
leadership style. one of the first rules is, do not talk down to people, right? [laughter] so i will speak to you all appear, exactly. [laughter] but alongside that is that i -- i feel like i know you. i have worked alongside you as a member of congress. i have had the chance to watch, when i was traveling around the world and i would go into an embassy and i would arrive late at night and those were the folks doing great work on behalf of america. so i have a great deal to learn about the state department and how we perform our mission, but as people i am confident i know who you are. i know that you chose to be a foreign service officer, or a civil servants, or to work here in other capacities. and to do so, because you are patriots and great americans. and because you are to be an
important part of america's face to the world. my mission will be to allow you to do that. the very thing you came here to do. [applause] i will get to as many parts of this organization as i can. i said in my testimony, that i will spend as little time on the seventh floor -- the seventh floor, right? [laughter] i will go up there in a minute. i will travel, i will get out to usad as quickly as i can to see their part of the mission as well. i know that each endeavor you undertake is a critical part of achieving the ultimate objective, which is to deliver on our foreign-policy around the world. to be the diplomatic face that achieves outcomes that america so desperately needs to achieve in the world.
this story a couple times, but it is with repeating. the best lesson i got was from a sergeant, the first of two sergeants in my platoon when i was 23 years old. i arrived and when i hopped out of the jeep, he said lieutenant you would do well to shut up for a while. i think he meant that. [laughter] what i took him to be saying was, it is important we listen and learn. i know i have an anonymous amount to listen to you about, and to learn from you. i talked about getting back our swagger. i will fill in what i mean by that, but it is important. the united states diplomatic corps have to be in every stretch of the world, execute emissions on behalf of this country, and it is my humble and a noble undertaking to help you achieve that. [applause]
thank you. i look forward to meeting as many of you as i get a chance to do, from learning from as many as you as it can come and the leading the team on the field. i know we will deliver for our president and this country. may the good lord bless each of you. i will see you around the building. thank you. [applause] [cheers]
announcer: mock my the president participates in the swearing-in of mike pompeo at the state department. we will have live coverage wednesday, 11 p.m. eastern, here on c-span -- 11:00 a.m. eastern, here on c-span. on sunday morning, on america in turmoil, we look at the impact of the vietnam war at home. while the war was fought in the jungles of vietnam, acts of civil disobedience on american streets dominated u.s. headlines. joining us to talk about that author ofoug stanton, "the odyssey," and lynn novak, whose most recent project was the 10 part documentary with ken burns, "the vietnam war."
:30ch on sunday, 830 eastern. announcer: earlier today, president trump met with crew members and passengers of southwest airlines flight 1380, the flight where the pilot was forced to make emergency landing in philadelphia after an engine failed. one passenger died in the accident. here is a look. pres. trump: some incredible people behind me. i want to say that i am honored to have the heroic crew and passengers of southwest flight 1380 at the white house today. i also want to thank the secretary for doing an incredible job. for her leadership, thank you very much. really fantastic job, in so many ways. while im in route from new york, they were, they were -- a