McConnell Encourages Pompeo To Run For Senate Despite Trump’s Objection

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 5: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a meeting with CIA Director nominee Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., in his Capitol office on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
January 18, 2019 9:26 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for the Kansas Senate seat that will be left vacant by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) despite President Donald Trump’s strong objection.

According to a Thursday Washington Post report, Trump considers Pompeo his best and most loyal Cabinet member and wants to keep him where he is.

As for Pompeo, he is reportedly of two minds. On the one hand, it would be an unorthodox move for someone in a prestigious Cabinet position to demote himself to the level of a junior senator. On the other, Trump’s administration is very turbulent, and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report still to come, Pompeo may want a golden parachute.

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