Pompeo: Running for Senate 'not something I want to do'

Pompeo: Running for Senate 'not something I want to do'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Esper says 'most believe' Beirut explosion was accident, contradicting Trump | Trump later says 'nobody knows yet' what happened in Lebanon | 61-year-old reservist ID'd as fourth military COVID-19 death Meadows defends Trump's description of Beirut explosion as an 'attack' Pompeo urges US companies to block downloads of Chinese apps MORE on Monday would not definitively rule out a Senate run in his home state of Kansas but said it's "not something that I want to do."

"I’ve watched my life take turns that one would never have expected, but it’s not something I want to do," Pompeo said on "Fox & Friends."

"I want to stay here and continue to perform the mission that I’m serving President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and I hope doing a good turn for the American people as well," he added.

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Pompeo spoke warmly of Kansas, calling it "home" before adding that "it’s my intention to stay here and continue to serve as President Trump’s secretary of State."

Pompeo's future has the been the subject of intense speculation in recent months after Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Virus bill unlikely to pass this week Establishment-backed Marshall defeats Kobach in Kansas GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Kan.) announced he would not seek reelection. Pompeo previously served as a congressman from the state before joining the president's Cabinet in early 2017.

Pompeo is seen as the likely front-runner for the GOP nomination should he opt to run for Senate.

The secretary of State and former CIA director has been one of Trump's closest advisers and has managed to largely remain in the president's good graces while others have fallen out of favor.

However, sources close to the State Department told The Hill last month they believed Pompeo's relationship with Trump has been strained by the Ukraine scandal, which led to the president being impeached.

Trump has said he doesn't believe Pompeo would leave his post in the administration unless it appeared Republicans were at risk of losing the Senate seat.