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 PompeoIs America headed toward war? Is America headed toward war? Polar bear spotted hundreds of miles south of normal hunting grounds MORE quipped on Monday that he intends to stay in his role until President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' 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 TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds 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 RobertsEPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste EPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste Conservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries MORE (R-Kan.) but has suggested he's open to a bid further down the line.