US Ambassadors Fly to Washington Conference Despite Shutdown

Posted on January 11, 2019 12:32 pm

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U.S. ambassadors from around the world are flying to Washington next week for a State Department “chiefs of mission” conference despite the partial U.S. government shutdown, U.S. officials said on Friday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to go ahead with the Jan. 16-17 meeting “because it is essential to the conduct of foreign affairs essential to national security,” a State Department spokesman said on condition of anonymity. “The timing of this conference is crucial to the safety, security, and prosperity of the United States,” the spokesman added, saying the conference would “review the immediate global threats and challenges that