Pompeo hits campaign trail for Trump in shift for top diplomat

The trip to speak in the state Trump narrowly won in 2016 follows his participation in a “Values Voters” event Tuesday night, two speeches to a megachurch in Texas over the weekend and an address to the Republican National Convention while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Jerusalem last month.

The events have one thing in common: They give Pompeo the opportunity to discuss administration foreign policy goals at home while also boosting Trump — and his own standing with the president’s political base ahead of a potential run for the White House in 2024.

“It’s clearly unprecedented in the modern era and a clear violation of established norms,” said Daniel Weiner, deputy director of the Election Reform Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. “Pompeo, for better or worse, has thrown that all out the window and engaged in more overt political activity than any secretary in recent memory.”