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Pompeo received a gift of $5,800 Japanese whiskey missing, US State Department searching

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The US State Department is shocked by the disappearance of $5,800 worth of Japanese whiskey gifted to former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Due to non-availability of such expensive liquor, a team has been formed to find out. This team of the State Department is also searching every corner of the ministry in search of liquor. Actually, US officials can only keep gifts inside $390. If the price is more than this, it has to be deposited in the ministry.

US State Department is investigating
CNN cited State Department remarks in a Federal Register saying the US State Department was tracing the bottle. Documents said that the Japanese government gifted Pompeo this whiskey in 2019. The department took the unusual step of finding that there was no information about whiskey. According to the news of the New York Times, there is no mention of such investigations in the last two decades.

Pompeo denies getting a bottle of wine
According to the US State Department’s comment, the department is looking into the matter and an investigation is underway. It is not clear, however, whether Pompeo himself received the whiskey or whether an employee had accepted it. Pompeo said he had never received a bottle of whiskey and had no idea that it was missing, nor what happened to the gift.

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Pompeo criticizes the US State Department
Speaking to Fox News, former US Secretary of State Pompeo said that I think it was never touched. It never reached me. I have no idea how the State Department lost these things, although I saw a lot of inefficiencies at the State Department during my tenure. He said that if he had a box of Diet Coke, he would have been completely gutted.

Gifts worth more than $390 have to be deposited
Pompeo’s lawyer, William Burke, told the Wall Street Journal that the former secretary of state has no recollection of receiving the bottle of whiskey and no information about what happened to him. US officials can keep gifts under $390. However, if officials want to keep gifts worth more than this, they have to buy them. As the New York Times reports, the commentary said the bottle was valued at US$5,800. The issue of whiskey came to the fore in the State Department’s annual accounting of gifts given by foreign governments and leaders to senior American functionaries.

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