Trump: Pompeo 'absolutely not leaving' to run for Senate

Trump: Pompeo 'absolutely not leaving' to run for Senate

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE in an interview broadcast Sunday dismissed reports that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump calls Iran claim that it arrested CIA spies 'totally false' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Pompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction MORE is weighing a Senate bid in his home state of Kansas.

Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Pompeo has not expressed a desire to leave the administration.

"I asked him the question the other day, he says he's absolutely not leaving," Trump said. "I don't think he'd do that. And he doesn't want to be lame duck. And he's doing a fantastic job as our secretary of State. Great energy and a great, smart gentleman."

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The president called reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE (R-Ky.) had spoken to Pompeo about the seat "fake news," though he backed off that characterization when anchor Margaret Brennan noted Pompeo had confirmed the conversation.

"Well, he may have spoken to him, but I think he loves being secretary of State," Trump said. "He's doing a fantastic job."

Pompeo has been widely reported as a potential successor to Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Pompeo on Senate run: 'I always leave open the possibility that something will change' CNN's Cuomo spars with Kris Kobach over whether Trump's tweet was racist MORE (R-Kan.), who announced he will not seek reelection in 2020.

Pompeo, who previously served as a congressman for Kansas's 4th Congressional District, has said "lots of folks" have reached out about campaigning for Senate, and he has reportedly taken meetings with local groups and leaders to discuss the subject.

"I have suggested to them that I have a very full plate as secretary of State, and I intend to keep doing this so long as President Trump will commit to it," Pompeo told Fox News last month.

He confirmed to Fox News that he spoke to McConnell once about the issue.

"He asked me if I’d think about it, and I told him I appreciated the phone call," Pompeo said.