OK, I’m going to say publicly what I’ve been wondering for some time…
I believe Mike Pompeo has the trust of President Trump. Completely and implicitly, if such a thing can exist in the political realm.
I have watched as Pompeo first took on the CIA as Trump’s appointed Director, and now as the Secretary of State.
Pompeo is aligned with the President’s foreign policy. He’s a man with a backbone and the smarts to know when to say something, and when not to. He takes no guff, yet is diplomatic when occasion calls for it.
Time will tell, time will be the judge, and maybe it’s way to soon to even speculate, but I confess that I wonder if Pompeo is quietly being groomed for 2024. And I wonder if he realizes it. I wonder if Trump and his inside team is assessing the possibility. Pompeo is now 55 years of age, certainly young enough to assume the role of CiC at age 60. Assuming he’s healthy, can stand the rigors, and more importantly, wants it, the training and experience he’s getting is preparing him to continue the “Trump MAGA Doctrine” well into the next decade.
What about Mike Pence, you ask. I don’t know. Does Pence want the job? Would Trump endorse his VP? I know you’re thinking ALL politicians want the plum, but I think Pence is cut from different cloth.
Anyway, as our president is known to say, “We’ll see what happens.”
From 1986 to 1991, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with the West Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division. He served as a tank platoon leader before becoming a cavalry troop executive officer and then the squadron maintenance officer. Pompeo left the U.S. Army at the rank of captain.
In 1994, Pompeo received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School where he served as one of 78 editors of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and on the 81-member board of editors of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he worked as a lawyer for the law firm Williams & Connolly in Washington.
Pompeo usually personally delivered the president’s daily brief in the Oval Office. At Trump’s request, Pompeo met with former NSA official William E. Binney to discuss his doubts of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.