US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opens Twitter account amid Senate talk
After flatly rejecting the idea early this year, Pompeo, who turns 56 on Dec. 30, has recently dodged questions about whether he’ll run for the seat being vacated by Republican Senator Pat Roberts in 2020.Updated: Dec 15, 2019 07:18 IST
Michael Pompeo on Saturday opened a personal Twitter account as rumors continue that the Secretary of State will run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas in 2020.
The handle, @mikepompeo, had issued two tweets and attracted more than 2,800 followers by day’s end.
The State Department has requested in the past that the top U.S. diplomat be referred to as “Michael” in media reports. The arrival of the more folksy “Mike” on social media hints at Pompeo’s potential move back into politics.
After flatly rejecting the idea early this year, Pompeo, who turns 56 on Dec. 30, has recently dodged questions about whether he’ll run for the seat being vacated by Republican Senator Pat Roberts in 2020.
The native Californian has been acting like a candidate -- he’s made at least four official visits to his adopted home state this year. In late October, Pompeo toured an aircraft manufacturer in Wichita, accompanied by White House adviser Ivanka Trump, and met with student athletes from Wichita State University, the Wichita Eagle newspaper reported.
Trump in November said Pompeo, one of his closest aides within the administration, would “win in a landslide,” and predicted on Fox News that the diplomat would join the race if there’s any risk Republicans could lose the seat in 2020. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in July he’d like Pompeo to run.
Pompeo’s Twitter bio describes him as “husband, father, Kansan and proud American.” It shows that “Mike Pompeo” joined Twitter in August, but the account’s first posts were about Saturday’s Army-Navy football game.
The former Republican representative from Kansas, who gave up his House seat in 2017 to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency, graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Pompeo tweeted that although Army lost Saturday’s grudge match against Navy, it’s still “the best rivalry in sports.”