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 PompeoKim Jong Un seeks to continue bolstering North Korea's nuclear capabilities, state media says China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE quipped on Monday that he intends to stay in his role until President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' 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 TillersonDemocrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo The Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future 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 RobertsThe age of handshakes may be over — so how to seal the deal now? Congress headed toward unemployment showdown Family Research Council endorses Roger Marshall in Kansas Senate primary MORE (R-Kan.) but has suggested he's open to a bid further down the line.