>> America's top diplomat is trying to repair relations with his own State Department. Reuters has learned that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has nearly doubled the number of promotions for the diplomatic corps in an effort to restore ties with the workforce alienated by his predecessor Rex Tillerson.
Reuters correspondent Arshad Mohammed reviewed internal State Department promotions lists, which show a sharp jump in senior promotions.>> Tillerson had slashed promotions in six of the seven top ranks of the US Foreign Service.>> And if there's anything that's demoralizing to somebody in our organization, it's the feeling that they can't get ahead, they can't move up, they can't get a raise.
And what Pompeo has done over the last couple of weeks is dramatically increase promotions, at least at the very top of the food chain.>> The State Department had no official comment on the data. But beyond the pay raises, there's a difference in style between the aloof former oil executive and the new Secretary of State.
>> Part of it, frankly, is face time. I'm told that he went and he sat down with the East Asia and Pacific Affair's Bureau. That's a way of saying, what I think you do is important. He's kind of trying to be the un-Tillerson in many ways.>> Still, some of his efforts fall flat with the rank and file.
Last week, he shared on Instagram an image of himself taking a stroll in a dark suit and sunglasses with the message, Shakespeare was the first to use swagger. General Patton has his swagger stick. At State Department, we've got some swagger too. It's our confidence in American values.>> Swagger is not something that American diplomats typically do.
In fact, they're taught, because the United States is so powerful, you don't swagger when you walk into a room. Former officials and current officials have told me that they think it's ridiculous. So it's not like everything Pompeo has done has worked.>> But missteps aside, Pompeo's efforts are being noticed.
One senior State Department official telling Reuters, he's doing more than trying to end the hostility, he is reaching out.