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

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

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE in an interview broadcast Sunday dismissed reports that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina plays the Trump card, but Biden is not buying it Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Green New Deal's 3 billion ton problem: sourcing technology metals 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 McConnellTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress 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 RobertsPat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes Window quickly closing for big coronavirus deal 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.