Earlier this year, rumors started to fly that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may resign from his post in the administration to run for office.
But on Monday, Pompeo himself came forward to address the resignation rumors. According to The Hill, the secretary of State said that it’s “not something I want to do,” and that he wants to stay put to continue to perform his mission in the Trump administration.
He’s not ready
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election at the end of his current term. He is among more than a dozen House and Senate Republicans choosing to step away and leave office in 2020.
Prior to joining the Trump administration, Pompeo served in the House for three terms. When word of Roberts’ retirement first circulated, Pompeo seemed very interested in the position.
Rumors started to fly that his resignation was imminent and he was planning on running for and hopefully winning Roberts’ Senate seat.
That, however, no longer seems to be the case. White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien also backed up Pompeo with an announcement destroying the rumors.
NEW: White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien to @jonkarl: “Mike Pompeo is a fantastic secretary of state … I spoke with him about this two nights ago. He said he’s not running for Senate. He said he’s staying as secretary of state.” https://t.co/SIMF3WFW2D pic.twitter.com/mUx4XdTBa7
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 29, 2019
The statement by O’Brien directly reflects statements that have already been made by Pompeo over the last few months.
Pompeo vs. Tillerson
It wouldn’t be accurate to say Trump started his administration off on the right foot. He struggled to find the right people to fill his cabinet on many occasions, but that has changed significantly during the second half of this term.
Over the last year or so, things have settled down and he now has a relatively stable administration with everyone appearing to be on the same page. Secretary of State was one of those positions that created a significant problem for Trump.
Trump’s first secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had a tenure that started out amicably, but quickly turned sour as he and President Trump started to differ on foreign policy. There was open animosity toward the end, and Tillerson was eventually let go.
Pompeo has been an entirely different story, though, as both he and Trump have managed to work together quite well. Surely, Trump was elated to learn that Pompeo has no intention of leaving his post.