Politico: Pompeo Gives U.S. Diplomats 'Dose of Reality' After Early High Hopes

"When Mike Pompeo took over as secretary of state in April, U.S. diplomats viewed him as a liberator rescuing them from the irrelevance they felt under his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.

Nearly two months later, some are having second thoughts.

Many State employees feel hoodwinked by Pompeo’s claim that he lifted a departmental hiring freeze. Staffers are alarmed about reports that a political appointee is vetting career staffers for loyalty to President Donald Trump. And many fear that Pompeo won’t be able to fill vacant leadership slots quickly enough, or with the right people."