USA Today reports:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s laser-focused on his job as President Trump’s top diplomat, and he’s quick to dismiss “all the chatter” about a possible bid for U.S. Senate. “I think the only one not talking about my Kansas Senate run is me,” Pompeo told CNBC in an Aug. 20 interview.
But Pompeo will fuel that chatter himself on Friday when he lands in Kansas – his adopted home state – to deliver a high-profile speech at Kansas State University. And his denials notwithstanding, Pompeo has talked to GOP allies about the possibility of leaving the Trump administration for the campaign trail.
“I’ve had conversations with Secretary Pompeo,” Sen. Jerry Moran, another Kansas Republican, told local reporters earlier this week. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he entered that race.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly and privately pressed Pompeo to run.
Pompeo in a speech in Kansas criticized what he called the dilution of core human rights for the sake of political “pet causes” https://t.co/vPUaYzWDCe
— Bloomberg (@business) September 6, 2019
Pompeo, in a speech that could lay groundwork for a Senate bid, said he thinks everyone's gone a bit overboard on human rights, diluting what he sees as the core ones: https://t.co/qcehDfC3jb
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) September 6, 2019
11:14 AM: Mike Pompeo says it’s “fundamentally not true” that the Trump administration opposes admitting refugees to enjoy human rights.
11:46 AM: Trump administration weighs even more drastic cuts to refugee admittance.
— Kansas Dems (@KansasDems) September 6, 2019