Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was mocked online after he was snubbed by European diplomats who have reportedly refused to meet with him due to last week’s violent assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
The snub caused Pompeo to cancel a planned trip to Europe this week.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn slammed Trump as a “criminal” and a “political pyromaniac who must be brought before a court” in a radio interview with RTL.
Reuters reported that Asselborn, as well as other European Union figures, had all declined to meet with Pompeo during the planned two-day trip. One diplomatic source told the news agency that allies were “embarrassed” by Pompeo after last week’s violence in Washington.
And Pompeo’s critics on Twitter are wondering what happened to his self-described “swagger.”
Pompeo has repeatedly boasted of “swagger,” even reportedly calling the agency the “Department of Swagger.” Earlier this month, he launched a boastful Twitter thread using his own made-up definition of “swagger” to pat himself on the back.
Now, with the U.S. reputation a shambles and key allies rejecting even a simple meet-and-greet, Pompeo’s critics are asking him where the “swagger” went:
So much for “swagger”
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) January 12, 2021
— Steven Pifer (@steven_pifer) January 12, 2021
Getting stiff-armed by Luxembourg is so embarrassing even Liechtenstein is laughing at Mike Pompeo.
— Sean Kent’s new album (@seankent) January 12, 2021
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) January 12, 2021
Wow. World leaders are refusing to meet with the present government of the United States.
This is entirely appropriate, absolutely necessary, and completely horrifying. https://t.co/W4O0gazgoI
— Ian Bassin (@ianbassin) January 12, 2021
Is Pompeo still working on transition to “Second Trump term?" pic.twitter.com/fDEjAvZjV6
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 12, 2021
a devastating burn by Luxembourg https://t.co/QUe2CFpXJq
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) January 13, 2021
Trump made America so great that it can't even get a meeting with Luxembourg anymore https://t.co/k2pzwFd2KN
— Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) January 12, 2021
Mike's swagger got stuck in customs https://t.co/QeACAbm1YV
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) January 12, 2021
Pompeo thinks he has a political future and will be the very last to figure out that he very much does not. https://t.co/QShwDqFP1C
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) January 12, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.