Pompeo said that Trump’s candidacy had no effect on his views.
On Friday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he will not be seeking the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2024.
Pompeo first stated to “Special Report” that he and his wife Susan had considered the notion for months before determining it was not the best course of action at the present time.
When asked if he was still undecided, he responded, “I’ve made up my mind.” We’ve prayed it over, and we’ve decided not to enter the race in 2024. We have deep feelings for the United States, and the issues I’ve been raising over the past year and a half, and, really, for decades, are crucial. But this is not the time for us.
Pompeo said he hasn’t altered his stance despite the candidacy of his former employer, President Donald Trump. He clarified afterwards that he will support whatever the Republican nominee is.
Pompeo answered, “No, not even close. “This is a very personal choice for Susan, myself, our son Nick, and Nick’s wife Rachel. The GOP should focus on policies, not individuals.”
It was of little consequence either way. I really hope that human beings aren’t the focus of this race. I’m crossing my fingers that this is all related.
Using his credentials as a West Point alum and former Army commander, Pompeo expressed concern that the United States military was losing its “edge” and that the Treasury was spending $2 trillion more than it was bringing in.
I value these things highly. Can we make any adjustments to them? Is it best if we attempt to get the office and begin to work on this right now? Unfortunately, we realized that it just wasn’t the appropriate moment for us.
Pompeo changed topics when asked if he planned to endorse a candidate in the GOP primary, saying instead that Vice President Biden is doing “disastrous” things for America and its working families. He said that he is looking for a candidate that would focus their campaign on protecting American workers and their families.
When asked what he would do if he discovered who it was, he answered, “I’ll support them and do everything I can to help, just like I always have.”
As of right now, Trump is far and by the most popular choice among Republican primary voters for president. He has competition from the businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and the former governors of South Carolina and Arkansas, Nikki Haley and Asa Hutchinson. Republican Senator and fellow South Carolinian Tim Scott has formed a fact-finding team.
On “Hannity,” when discussing Trump’s recent criticisms of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who might run for president in 2024, about loyalty and how the former president didn’t influence his decision, Pompeo seemed to criticize his former boss’s tendency to make headlines on social media by saying, “Americans are thirsty for people making arguments, not just tweets.”
He was quoted as saying, “I think they want someone who can clearly explain what parents should do to help their kids do well in school, and how we can get rid of crime on our streets and in our cities.”
I have no idea if Trump will be our party’s nominee for president, or if the American people will choose him. However, I do want for substantive discussion of important topics.
And if that occurs, the United States will be in a very strong position.
Since Pompeo has spent the previous two years traveling the country to help Republicans running for government in 2022 campaign and collect money, several experts have speculated that he may run for president in 2024. Pompeo visited Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada many times during this time. The Republican presidential nomination process kicks out with these first four states voting. His goal in doing so was to fortify ties in states that have presidential primaries and caucuses before the official launch of a campaign.
Earlier this year, Pompeo spent a few months on a book tour for his book “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.” In his autobiography, he details his experiences as a West Point alum, an armor and calvary officer stationed in West Germany during the Cold War, a congressman from Kansas, and the director of the CIA and the top U.S. diplomat during the Trump administration. Many would-be and current presidential candidates see writing a book as a necessary step in their political careers.
The fact that Pompeo’s political action committee placed commercials in early voting states is more evidence that he was considering a bid for president. Pompeo was questioned about his future goals in an interview with Fox News Digital in November. He assured the American people, “We are doing what we need to do to be ready to make an announcement like that and then to talk with the American people about the ideas we think are important.”