Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would “win easily” if he ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, President Donald Trump said.
Pompeo, 55, vacated his House seat to join the Trump administration in January 2017. He was the director of the CIA before becoming Secretary of State last year.
Speaking to “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, Trump said Pompeo might get back into politics if he thinks no Republican nominee can win the Kansas Senate seat in question.
“If I thought they had somebody out there that couldnt win—and Mike would, really, he loves what hes doing. … He came to me and said, Look, Id rather stay where I am. But he loves Kansas, he loves the people of Kansas,” Trump said.
“If he thought that there was a chance of losing that seat, I think he would do that and he would win in a landslide because they love him in Kansas.”
Pompeo said over the summer that a run for the senate was “off the table.” The State Department said this week that a story claiming he was resigning soon was “completely false.”
Kansas last had a Democratic U.S. senator in 1932 but the upcoming retirement of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) leaves a vacancy that could be exploited by Democrats.
Among those running for the Republican nomination is Kris Kobach, who lost a bid for governor last year as Democrat Laura Kelly received endorsements from some high-profile Republicans, including former Gov. Bill Graves. Kobach was the states secretary of state from 2011 to 2019.