In the midst of speculation about a presidential run, Mike Pompeo forms an action committee.


In the midst of speculation about a presidential run, Mike Pompeo forms an action committee.

Mike Pompeo, the former US secretary of state, is the latest senior Trump administration official to start a political action committee.

Mr. Pompeo has remained tight-lipped about whether he will run for president in 2024.

When questioned about future electoral ambitions, including a bid for the White House, Mr Pompeo responded, “Only the Lord knows where I will be in 2023.” He also acknowledged that a prospective run by his old employer, Mr Trump, would impact any intentions.

“But make no mistake about it: This fight for these things that I care about so profoundly… that we have worked on and done our best to serve, to deliver, is something that we are just not going to walk away from,” he continued.

Mr Pompeo was speaking two days after formally creating a political action committee that he said he would use to support conservative candidates in state and federal midterm elections in 2022.

As Republicans consider their party’s future after Mr. Trump’s term, this is a step that several other former Trump administration officials have made.

Mr Trump has muddied the waters by indicating that he would run for re-election and recently announcing a return to the large-scale rallies that became defining events of his 2016 campaign and years in office.

Mr. Pompeo, who also served as the CIA director during the Trump administration for four years, has been making the rounds in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, fueling speculation that he may run for the Republican presidential nomination.

He announced on Thursday that he will campaign in South Carolina for Henry McMaster, who is seeking re-election to a second full term next year.

Other former Trump administration members who have been considered as potential Republican candidates are already in the state, including Nikki Haley, who resigned from her second term as governor of South Carolina to serve as Mr Trump’s UN ambassador.

Ms. Haley said in April that she would not seek her party’s candidacy during a visit to a historically black university in her home state of South Carolina. (This is a brief piece.)


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