One simple word, settled the upset stomach cramps of America’s diplomacy, whilst helping to satisfy the craved attention of the American President.
In his brief speech soon after his ceremonial swearing-in, newly-instated American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the administration requires a much-needed shakeup. Yet, it was how he said it that has raised more eyebrows.
“I want the State Department to get its swagger back,” enthused Mr Pompeo.
That word “swagger” is used in urban street slang to describe a strong sense of confidence and style. Indeed, there is a great need to suddenly rouse America from its long and depressive slumber.
America has certainly observed a roller coaster of diplomacy under President Trump, particularly as the firing of professionals looks more like an episode of celebrity apprentice.
President Donald Trump, denounced the ex- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson publically on Twitter for his disagreement with the President’s hardline stance on Iran.
In response and with integrity the ousted Mr Tillerson expressed his pain in a heartfelt speech.
“This can be a very mean-spirited town. But you don’t have to choose to participate in that,” he added.
He went on to encourage his colleagues in the State Department to hold on to their personal integrity, “Each of us get to choose the person we want to be, and the way we want to be treated, and the way we will treat others”.
The new Secretary of State made sure to impress the President, orchestrating an almost theatric performance with strong definitive words.
It may not be an easy task to restore the State Department’s “swagger” nevertheless, Mr Pompeo believes it can be done.
“We need our men and women out at the frontlines executing American diplomacy with great vigour and energy and to represent the finest nation in civilization,” added Mr Pompeo.
The first thing on his agenda is unifying and disarming the North Korea threat.
This comes as the administration tries to hit the reset button on a number of critical decisions on the Iran nuclear deal and a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.