U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his trip to Europe at the last minute after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and senior European officials refused to meet with him, Reuters reported, citing sources.
Informed sources told the agency that Pompeo wanted to meet with his counterpart in Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, and afterward with European officials and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. However, a diplomatic source noted, the U.S. secretary of state’s visit to Luxembourg was canceled after officials in the country showed reluctance to schedule a meeting with him.
As Reuters notes, Luxembourg’s foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump a “criminal” and a “political pyromaniac” after the riots in Washington.
Earlier it was reported that the State Department canceled all staff trips this week, including Pompeo’s visit to Europe, due to the transfer of cases to Joe Biden’s new administration. The department earlier said Pompeo would visit Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, where he would meet with Stoltenberg and Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes.