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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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 TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists 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 Roberts Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Republicans writing off hard-line DHS candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seeks tougher rules on asylum seekers MORE (R-Kan.) but has suggested he's open to a bid further down the line.