Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may run for president in 2024. Here’s everything you need to know about Mike Pompeo’s possible presidential run in 2024.
Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State, told a crowd of Navy Seal veterans and supporters at an event in Chicago last week that he’s putting plans in place for a presidential run in 2024.
Mike Pompeo 2024 run
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a crowd of over 1000 people at Chicago’s Navy Pier this week that he is putting together a team for a White House bid in 2024.
“We’ve got a team in Iowa, a team in New Hampshire and South Carolina. And that’s not random. We are doing the things one would do to get ready,” said the former Secretary of State, adding, “In the end, the American people, I pray, will make a good decision about who’s going to be their next leader.”
On Tuesday, the politician made the remarks while speaking at the Navy SEAL Foundation Midwest Evening of Tribute. The fundraiser raised $6.3 million for veterans and their families.
Pompeo has been touring the country campaigning for Republican midterm candidates while hinting at his own run in two years, though he has yet to make an official announcement.
Pompeo said last month at an event that he would run for president in 2024 “regardless of who all decides to get in.” Trump has already stated his intention to declare candidacy. “We’re going to make our decision based on if we think this is the right place for us to serve,” Pompeo stated.
He further stated, “If I come to believe I ought to become president, that I have something to offer the American people, I will run no matter who all decides to get in and who else decides not to get in the race.”
Mike Pompeo takes a friendly dig at Trump
Mike Pompeo avoided dishing on or bad mouthing Trump, instead taking a friendly dig at the former president, said “I’m deeply grateful” to have been hired as secretary of state, and I hope he enjoys retirement.” The line drew a laugh from the high-profile crowd.
“Unlike others, if I go down an escalator, no one will notice,” Mike Pompeo joked, indicating towards former president Trump’s infamous ride down the Trump Tower escalator after announcing his candidacy in 2015.
Formerly a critic of Donald Trump, whom he described as “authoritarian,” Pompeo became one of his most ardent supporters after Trump was elected Republican nominee for president in 2016. In January 2017, Trump appointed him Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and in April 2018, he was appointed Secretary of State.
Pompeo is still popular with Trump after defending him following the FBI raid. Agents were looking for classified materials that Trump was said to have kept after leaving office. Pompeo appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” recently to discuss the FBI’s raid.
“What they did at Mar-a-Lago that day runs just square against the central thesis, which is about transparent, equal application of the law in the United States, especially when you do it against someone who was your former and could potentially be soon, could be again, your political opponent,” Pompeo said. “And it is bigger than what just happened in Florida last week.”