US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begrudgingly acknowledged defeat Thursday. (File)

Washington:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Friday for the first time with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be his successor, Antony Blinken, promising a smooth transition.

Pompeo — a stalwart defender of President Donald Trump, who begrudgingly acknowledged defeat Thursday — met Blinken “in order facilitate an orderly transition and to ensure American interests are protected abroad,” a State Department official said.

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