It’s been a busy stretch for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Earlier this month, he was the loudest voice urging President Donald Trump to kill Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, upending the Middle East in the process. He handled much of the blowback, insisting, sans evidence, that the attack was necessary to stave off an “imminent” threat.
He continues to rattle sabers against China, warning Silicon Valley executives not to invest there and Costa Rica to sever its economic ties with the nation. In Venezuela this week, Pompeo met with opposition leader Juan Guaido before departing for London, Brussels and Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.
And next week, he’ll travel to Ukraine to meet with its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who is at the heart of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, of which Pompeo said he’d be happy to testify...if he’s legally required to do so.
So with all that, how does Pompeo find himself in Florida today?
At 9 a.m., Pompeo is scheduled for a roundtable discussion with Gov. Ron DeSantis in Miami. At 4 p.m., he’s scheduled to deliver remarks on U.S. foreign policy at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell (pop: 3,107). The U.S. State Department wouldn’t comment on the official visit, except to say doors open to the public at 4 p.m.
Pompeo will be in a friendly place. In 2016, Trump won Sumter County with 68.8 percent of the vote, nearly 20 percentage points higher than his winning statewide margin of 49 percent.
Today’s visit comes a week after Vice President Mike Pence took a campaign tour along the Interstate 4 corridor to rally to Trump’s defense against impeachment. Trump himself has stumped in Florida this month.
Who will be next is unclear. Just expect many more presidential visits before November.