Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has now officially announced that he will not be seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2024.
Susan and I have concluded, after much consideration and prayer, that I will not present myself as a candidate to become President of the United States in the 2024 election. pic.twitter.com/hxujBzGgkI
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) April 14, 2023
Previously it had been widely suspected that Pompeo was considering a presidential run.
Pompeo’s career began in the military, where he served in the United States Army and was eventually promoted to the rank of captain.
He attended Harvard Law School after leaving the military, after which he began working as a private practice lawyer.
Pompeo was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2010 and served as the representative for Kansas’ 4th congressional district.
Pompeo gained a reputation for having conservative views on global affairs and national security while serving in Congress.
He was a proponent of expanded surveillance of potential foreign threats and served on the House Intelligence Committee.
President Donald Trump selected Pompeo to be the CIA’s director in 2017, and he began his tenure in that position in 2018. He handled the agency’s efforts to obtain and evaluate foreign intelligence in this capacity. Pompeo played a key role in the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and was a fervent advocate of the President’s “America First” foreign policy.
President Trump selected Pompeo to the position of Secretary of State in 2018, where he handled national foreign policy and represented the United States on the international arena. He played a significant role in the administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and was a crucial participant in the historic disarmament discussions with North Korea.
It is unclear what Pompeo’s next political move may be in the absence of a 2024 presidential run.