Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Leader, has personally courted Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo to consider campaigning for an open Senate seat in Kansas seething in his turbulent cabinet.
The Senate GOP leaders were so devoted to Pompeo's recruitment that McConnell urged him to test it in a recent telephone conversation] When Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Announced this month that he would retire, the GOP leaders Pompeo. In the hours before Roberts's announcement, her allies spoke to Pompeo.
But Trump does not want to lose Pompeo and considers him as his favorite cabinet member, according to two persons who are familiar with his thinking. It was unclear whether he was aware of the conversation between McConnell and Pompeo. A representative of the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Thursday.
Pompeo, who has risen from being a Congressman to CIA Director in Washington and is now the Chief of the State Department, has not publicly barred a run
"Foreign Minister Pompeo focuses on serving the president and Americans as foreign ministers Protecting, "said Pompeo spokesman Robert Palladino in a statement on Thursday.
According to his colleagues, Pompeo has left the door open privately, although his attention is on He is in his current job and he is in no hurry to make a judgment, they said.
The people who described the conversation between McConnell and Pompeo and the President's thinking talked about the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversation. McConnell could not be reached for a comment on Thursday night.
Jumping from a coveted Cabinet position to vying for a place as a junior member of the Senate would be an unorthodox move – and one of the leading Republicans will end up skeptical .
But given the many twists and turns of the Trump presidency, some Republicans who are close to both McConnell and Pompeo are far from ready to close the book on the idea.
The contact with Pompeo provided a situation in which Pompeo should "jump out when things get bad". The person spoke under the condition of anonymity to be open.
The Democrats control the house by empower them to blame and hold hearings on the Trump administration. In the meantime, Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III has not completed his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.
"He did not close the door," said one of the persons who were familiar with the call, indicating Pompeo's attitude from a Senate bid.
From the perspective of McConnell and other republican Senate leaders, Pompeo's appeal is clear. He gives them a high-profile recruit with the ability to turn away from a potentially expensive and divisive Primary for a compulsory GOP seat in a ruby state.
Due to its size, Kansas are political roots and connections to Trump, Pompeo would be very popular if he would win if he went into the race. He served in the house for six years before Trump accused him of directing the CIA. Not long after Rex Tillerson resigned from his job as Secretary of State last year, Pompeo received Senate approval to occupy the post.
When it comes to staffing and recruiting, Trump and McConnell are not always on par.
For example, during Trump's transition to president, McConnell wanted to win over Ryan Zinke, then Congressman of Montana, to challenge Democratic senator Jon Tester. But Trump called him as his secretary.
Tester won reelection last fall, avoiding the fate of four of his Democratic colleagues who had lost in red or purple states.
The Democrats have not won a Senate seat in Kansas since 1932. But the state elected a Democratic governor in 2018, and several female Republican legislators have switched parties out of frustration with Trump and the state of the GOP.
The Republicans will defend 22 Senate seats in 2020 compared to just 12 for Democrats. Although Kansas is not seen as a ripe opportunity for Democrats, it could prove fertile ground for a confused inner-party struggle that could lead to uncertainty in the general election.
Other names that have emerged as GOP options include the former Kansas Secretary of Kris Kobach State, a Trump ally who was defeated in the race for the governor last year; Rep. Roger Marshall; former Governor Jeff Colyer, whom Kobach defeated in Gubernatorial Preschool; and the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp.
McConnell, a savvy political strategist focused on maintaining or even expanding the GOP's 53-seat Senate majority, will be available for re-election in 2020 and where he would strongly favor again in 2020.
McConnell and Trump have had a roller coaster relationship in the last two years. After the Republicans' failed attempt to lift and replace the Affordable Care Act, things got bad. However, after the GOP passed a comprehensive tax law, the situation improved.
The tensions between Pompeo and the Senate Republicans broke out in 2016, when Pompeo's criticism of Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Anstachelelt was now more cordial. McConnell called Pompeo a "brilliant, hard-headed leader" when Trump nominated him. And Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is a former McConnell employee.