Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the House on Monday, Dec. 2, for scheduling impeachment hearings while President Donald Trump is abroad, according to The Associated Press. 

Pompeo told “Fox & Friends” that there is a long tradition of supporting a president when he is traveling overseas and shouldn’t be distracted by problems at home while discussing international issues with allies.

Pompeo said the schedule is “very unfortunate” for the House Judiciary Committee to hold its hearing Wednesday, Dec. 4,  at the same time that Trump is representing the U.S. at this week’s NATO summit in London, AP reported.

“I mean, these are some of our most important allies and partners in keeping the American people safe and secure,” he said. “I regret that they’ve chosen to hold these hearings at the same time that the president and our entire national security team will be traveling to Europe, to London, to work on these important matters.”

As reported, The White House on Sunday, Dec. 1 declined the invitation of House Democrats to participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing, but did not rule out taking part in future hearings.

The White House sent a five-page letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and the committee, saying that the process is “highly partisan” and accused the committee’s Democratic chairman of providing little information about Wednesday’s hearing.

The response from the White House comes after Nadler asked President Donald Trump if he would be sending his lawyers to the impeachment hearing scheduled for Dec. 4. 

President Trump also accused Democrats of scheduling impeachment hearing while he travels overseas.

“I will be representing our Country in London at NATO, while the Democrats are holding the most ridiculous Impeachment hearings in history. Read the Transcripts, NOTHING was done or said wrong! The Radical Left is undercutting our Country. Hearings scheduled on same dates as NATO!”, he tweeted. 

President Trump will participate in NATO summit in London, the United Kingdom on Tuesday and Wednesday to celebrate its 70th anniversary. 

Includes reporting from The Associate Press.