Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday joked with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoMore money at the gas pump may be the price of pressuring Iran The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Kim to meet with Putin as tensions with US rise MORE, asking him if he was the longest-serving member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's Cabinet after he mentioned he was about to reach his one-year anniversary in the administration. 

"I'm now nine days short of one year of my time as Secretary of State," Pompeo said while appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee to testify about State, foreign operations and related programs. 


"The longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?" Graham quipped in response, prompting awkward laughter from people attending the hearing. 

Pompeo could be seen smiling after Graham made the comment before saying, "Reclaiming my time." 

Graham's comment comes amid a week in which multiple senior officials have exited the administration. Trump announced on Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump moves to crack down on visa overstays Overnight Energy: Mueller report reveals Russian efforts to sow division over coal jobs | NYC passes sweeping climate bill likened to 'Green New Deal' | EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | Energy Dept. denies Perry planning exit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report MORE, who assumed her role in 2017, would be leaving her post. 

NBC News reported that a recent push from Trump to renew a family separation policy at the southern border led to Nielsen's ouster.

The White House said the following day that Trump was also removing U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles from his position. CNN reported that Trump fired Alles, though Alles has contested that report, saying that he learned "weeks ago" that there would be "transitions in leadership" across the Department of Homeland Security.

A number of high-profile administration officials, including former White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump poised to roll back transgender health protections Trump claims Mueller didn't speak to those 'closest' to him And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin MORE and former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Flint residents can sue EPA over water crisis | Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz | March global temperatures were second hottest on record | EPA told to make final decision on controversial pesticide Court orders EPA to make final decision on banning controversial pesticide Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt registers as lobbyist in Indiana MORE, have exited their posts in Trump's first two years in office.

Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of State in April 2018, about a month after Trump dismissed his first State Department chief, 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, from the role.