Pompeo Axed Campaign Ad After RNC Speech Furor

The Times of Israel reports:

Plans were scrapped for US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to film a Republican campaign ad in Israel in the wake of criticism surrounding his speech from Jerusalem to the Republican National Convention, according to a Tuesday report.

Channel 12 news cited sources with knowledge of the discussions, who said plans for Pompeo to participate in the campaign by the Republican Party in Israel — primarily to target local voters in the US election — were canceled after strong criticism over his recorded message last week.

The speech shattered longstanding State Department precedent and even went against the guidance Pompeo issued to American diplomats last month, advising that federal law prevented them from taking overt sides in the presidential campaign.