Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton

Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE on Thursday said he does not plan to make Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Cheney calls for Turkish leader's bodyguards to be banned from re-entering US Pompeo: Trump to discuss political solution for Syria in meeting with Erdoğan MORE his national security adviser.

The president told reporters as he left to attend a GOP House retreat in Baltimore that he spoke with Pompeo earlier in the day, and that the secretary of State "liked the idea of somebody [else] in there.”


“I actually spoke to Mike Pompeo about that and he decided – I get along with him so well, we have a lot of the same views, couple of different views – but he likes the idea of having someone in there with him," Trump said.

Reports circulated this week that Trump may consider appointing Pompeo to replace former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonTop diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy White House struggles to get in sync on impeachment House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit MORE, whom he fired on Tuesday.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayVaping advocates feel confident Trump will turn from flavor ban Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE earlier Thursday did not dismiss the possibility of the president tapping Pompeo for the role.

It is not unprecedented for a secretary of State to simultaneously serve as the president's top national security adviser. Henry Kissinger held both roles for former President Richard Nixon.

After saying Tuesday he'd ousted Bolton because of disagreements with other members of the administration, the president was more transparent about his issues with Bolton on Wednesday, saying the former aide made "some very big mistakes" that set the administration back with its efforts in North Korea and Venezuela.

Trump said Thursday he has 15 candidates under consideration to replace Bolton. A day earlier he said there were five. 

"A lot of people want the job. It’s a great job," he said. "It’s great because it’s a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it’s very easy actually to work me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions."