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On whistleblower complaint, Pompeo says U.S. State Department acted appropriately

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the Palace Hotel on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he had not yet fully read the whistleblower complaint about U.S. President Donald Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine but that he believed the State Department had acted appropriately.

“To the best of my knowledge and from what I have seen so far, each of the actions that were undertaken by State Department officials was entirely appropriate,” Pompeo told a news conference.

The whistleblower report released on Thursday said Trump not only abused his office in attempting to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 U.S. election for his own political benefit, but that the White House also tried to “lock down” evidence about that conduct. Trump has denied wrongdoing.

The report references State Department officials and ambassadors, some by name.

Pompeo said the Trump administration has sought to “create a better relationship between the United States and Ukraine and build on the opportunities to tighten our relationship and help end corruption in Ukraine.”

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Mary Milliken and Lisa Shumaker