News Analysis: Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

“We’ve had a very good chemistry right from the beginning,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday morning as he described his relationship with Mr. Pompeo.

Chemistry is vital between any president and his chief global emissary. But the shift disrupts the delicate balance of power in the administration’s national security team.


Mike Pompeo’s rise to secretary of state will solve one central problem in American diplomacy over the past year: Few thought Rex W. Tillerson was speaking on behalf of the president.

Lawrence Jackson for The New York Times

Mr. Tillerson and Jim Mattis, the defense secretary, had run something of a tag team to keep the…

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