When it comes to acknowledging former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, many in President Donald Trump’s inner circle have been treading lightly. But following the Electoral College’s Monday vote to declare the 78-year-old Democrat as the “president-elect,” it seems things are changing at the White House.
In a shocking announcement Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Washington Examiner that he is teeing up a meeting with Biden’s pick to head the State Department, Antony Blinken.
Pompeo will reportedly provide Blinken with a rundown on everything State Department, as well as other need-to-know items.
“The things that we’ve done”
Pompeo didn’t specify exactly when the briefings would start, but instead explained to the Examiner that he plans on setting up a meet with Blinken “at the right time.”
“I’ll share with him the things that I’ve come to see here at the State Department — the institutional, organizational, leadership things,” Pompeo told the outlet Monday.
The outgoing secretary of State also said that he would share with Blinken the reasoning behind many of the foreign policy decisions made by the Trump administration, as well as where he believes the strengths and weaknesses of those strategies lie.
“And then, I’ll share with him — but I know he’ll have his own views — but I owe it to him to describe the things that we’ve done, why we’ve done them, where we’ve been successful, and the places we’ve fallen short,” Pompeo told the Examiner.
As of this writing, Pompeo is the only outgoing Cabinet member who has publicly agreed to share intel with his replacement. It has been suggested that other members of Trump’s Cabinet are still hesitant to lend credence to Biden’s victory as the president continues to insist that the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen.”
Pompeo’s unsure future
For his part, Pompeo has had been bogged with quite a bit of speculation in recent weeks over his own future in politics, which may be one of the reasons why the State Department chief is taking the initiative to go through the formal motions of briefing his successor.
In some circles, it’s believed that Pompeo could be interested in making a run for the White House in 2024. Vanity Fair recently called Pompeo’s speech in Georgia about China and other foreign policy matters a “dry run” for a 2024 campaign.
Indeed, many have probably forgotten the fact that Pompeo was a Republican lawmaker for six years in his home state of Kansas before being tapped by Trump to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and, eventually, the coveted secretary of State role, where he outlived a majority of Cabinet members who either resigned or were fired by the president, the Examiner noted.
Some Republican insiders have reportedly predicted that Pompeo could be a candidate for the Kansas gubernatorial race in 2022, but Pompeo has repeatedly — and graciously — brushed off such claims, adding that while he’s thankful for people suggesting he’s capable of the job, he’s still unsure of his political future.