Washington (Circa) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is all about swagger, so much so that he has made it his signature hashtag on Twitter.
#Swagger caught the public's attention after Pompeo included it in several of his tweets during President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.
"State [Department] team at #singaporesummit delivers for America #swagger," said Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday. The tweet has since made its rounds on the internet, with more than 1,600 retweets and more than 7,200 likes as of the publishing of this article.
He later followed up with another tweet on Wednesday, after the summit had wrapped up.
"Great work, team. Thanks for executing the mission with swagger," said Pompeo. That one earned him 3,400 retweets and 12,000 likes.
Naturally, twitter users across the globe weighed in on the secretary's new signature hashtag.
"You heard it from @SecPompeo: America's new foreign policy is swagger," said Washington Post's China correspondent Emily Rauhala in a tweet.
"'Swagger?' Guys, this isn't a spaghetti western," said twitter user Johnny Pullen in a reply.
Others seemed to approve of Pompeo's hashtag.
"Love this guys swagger!" said Twitter user Terry Beeman.
Even State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert got in on the hashtag.
Messaging in a place like Washington is often carefully prepared and manicured by communications professionals, especially when it comes to politicians (Trump's twitter account being an exception), so where exactly did Pompeo's fondness for #swagger come from?
The State Department press office confirmed to Circa the #Swagger was borrowed from Pompeo's remarks during his swearing-in ceremony in early May. He appears to have first used the hashtag on June 8, after welcoming State's 153rd civil service class.
"As I’ve said, and I’ll elaborate more, I want the State Department to get its swagger back. We need our men and women out at the front lines, executing American diplomacy with great vigor and energy, and to represent the finest nation in the history of civilization," said Pompeo. "We should be proud of that, and I’m counting on you all to help communicate in every corner of the world."
The State Department suffered severe cuts and an employment freeze in the early days of the Trump administration, which took a toll on morale. Several top diplomats and experts left their posts as a result. Pompeo has attempted to end the hiring freeze, and has been seen as someone who will bring vigor back to the department, much in the way he reportedly did while heading the Central Intelligence Agency.
The State Department did not confirm whether or not #swagger was part of a larger marketing campaign,
With major international issues like North Korea's nuclear program, feuds with allies over tariffs, and Russia looming over Europe to deal with, we'll how Pompeo's #swagger holds up.