Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the national security team briefed on President Trump today made sure the president, who received the briefing from Walter Reed Medical Center about suffering from Covid-19, was on a wide range of national security issues There are ongoing problems.
“We made sure that the president was up to date on all events around the world,” Pompeo told the traveling press before taking his flight to Japan on Sunday evening.
“I’ve worked for this president for almost four years,” said Pompeo. “This is a team that is mature and capable. We are prepared for all possible possibilities. “
When Pompeo said Trump’s national security team was prepared for all options, it was unclear whether he was referring to options related to Trump’s health or options related to national security issues.
Pompeo would also not say the exact national security issue discussed, but said he had been given guidance on his trip to Japan to meet with Australian, Japanese and Indian guides.
Pompeo described Trump today as “in a good mood” on the phone.
“He was direct and open with me like he always is,” said Pompeo.
Some more context: Pompeo’s trip to Asia – which is now just a trip to Japan – was cut short after it was revealed that Trump had tested positive for Covid-19, as Pompeo was originally supposed to visit South Korea and Mongolia as well.
Pompeo said he has spoken to about half a dozen world leaders in the past few days who have said they hope Trump will get well and “get well and get well”.
However, CNN reported earlier in the day that it was told the State Department that the White House is taking the lead in calls to foreign leaders about Trump’s health, and it is unclear who in the White House is making those calls.