Pompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office'

Pompeo jokes he'll be secretary of State until Trump 'tweets me out of office'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' Washington Post: Pompeo 'gaslighting' NPR reporter Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter MORE quipped on Monday that he intends to stay in his role until President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE "tweets" him out of a job.

Pompeo was asked at a speaking engagement in Kansas how he liked being secretary of State and how long he planned to stay on the job. 

"I’m going to be there until he tweets me out of office," Pompeo said with a chuckle, eliciting laughs from others in the room.

"Which I’m not counting on, at least today," he added.

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Trump, a prodigious Twitter user, announced the firing of Pompeo's predecessor, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Kudlow says Trump 'looking at' reforming law on bribing foreign officials Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book MORE, in a tweet shortly after it was reported by The Washington Post.

Tillerson's top deputy later said the president did not speak with the former Exxon executive to inform him of the decision ahead of time.

Tillerson's tenure, which lasted more than a year, was marked by tensions with the president over North Korea and other subjects.

Pompeo has had a smoother relationship with Trump thus far, and on Monday called it an "enormous privilege" to work in the administration.

"He is truly a leader who provides guidance to me," Pompeo said of Trump.

"It is oftentimes different than what we’ve done before," he added. "I think that’s a great thing. It gives us a real opportunity to partner in different ways and build coalitions in different ways. He gives me that guidance, and then he sets me free and holds me accountable."

Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas, was confirmed as secretary of State in April. He has ruled out a Senate run in 2020 to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate fails to get deal to speed up fight over impeachment rules Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump Senate GOP hopes to move new NAFTA deal before impeachment trial MORE (R-Kan.) but has suggested he's open to a bid further down the line.