The Washington Post last week revealed something rather extraordinary: then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo had made a top-secret trip to North Korea over Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.
As of this writing, Pompeo is now Secretary of State, having been confirmed Thursday:
Congratulations to Mike Pompeo on being confirmed the 70th Secretary of State! Mike brings years of public service and expertise to the job. @POTUS & I know that Mike Pompeo will serve our Nation w/ distinction and will do an outstanding job for the American people.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) April 26, 2018
President Trump, who called in to “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning (much to the chagrin of CNN’s Brian Stelter) had teased that he should release the photos — something Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did Thursday afternoon:
Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed. He will do an excellent job helping @POTUS lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. (photos from previously confirmed Easter weekend trip) pic.twitter.com/o4RNDKVmah
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 26, 2018
We’ll admit, we’re still a little blown away that they managed to keep that trip top-secret for as long as they did.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) April 26, 2018
Wow. These photos are absolutely incredible https://t.co/twyitjdnf5
— Gabby Morrongiello (@gabriellahope_) April 26, 2018
Remarkable picture of new SecState Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong Un https://t.co/T8lCUGKzEQ
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 26, 2018
Extraordinary pictures tweeted by White House of then CIA Director and newly minted Secretary of State meeting with Kim Jong Un https://t.co/FpxwicsbzD
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 26, 2018
WH posts photos of then CIA Dir (now SecState) Pompeo meeting with Kim Jong Un during previously secret visit to North Korea Easter weekend. https://t.co/nUgfGfolEL
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 26, 2018
North Korea's KJU & CIA Director turned SecState Pompeo… a moment for the history books https://t.co/ixOJoYlCKc
— margaret brennan (@margbrennan) April 26, 2018
Incredible photos. (Another day when the news won't end.) https://t.co/WYrXyaCdgt
— Eric Kelsey (@ericgkelsey) April 26, 2018
Pretty stunning image (even though we already knew this had happened) https://t.co/tLKYnR5Kdq
— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) April 26, 2018
This is remarkable. https://t.co/vf5JvpiyqR
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) April 26, 2018
That time when the president suggested an idea, then complemented his own idea, then executed. Earlier today on @foxandfriends: "We have incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting which I'd love to release. If we can I'll do that, actually. It's not a bad idea." Now this: https://t.co/i7xeqJPZJN
— Brian Bennett (@ByBrianBennett) April 26, 2018
Trump mused about releasing these photos on Fox & Friends this morning. “Actually, that’s not a bad idea.” https://t.co/dsbtzwtIqs
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 26, 2018
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) April 26, 2018
We’d be surprised if it didn’t, to be honest. This is unknown territory.
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— Kevin Townsend (@kevinstownsend) April 26, 2018
WaPo: Mike Pompeo made top-secret trip to North Korea over Easter weekend https://t.co/pwiinvdGRk
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 18, 2018