Pompeo aims to lift State Department morale with 'ethos' statement


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  • Friday, 26 Apr 2019

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 19, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to boost morale at the State Department with an "ethos" statement that some former officials viewed with scepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

Two former officials knowledgeable about the effort said the language rankled them because it implied diplomats could not be trusted and they questioned the need for an "ethos" statement laying out the agency's characteristic attitudes and beliefs.

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