Dead Drop: August 23

THE SECRETARY OF TRUMP:  The latest issue of The New Yorker includes a lengthy profile of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  It is full of stuff we bet you didn’t know about the former Kansas congressman and CIA Director – and stuff we bet Pompeo is hoping that the President doesn’t remember.  In the winter of 2016, Pompeo was campaigning for Marco Rubio for president and told an audience that Donald Trump would be “an authoritarian president who ignored our Constitution.”  The Secretary has apparently changed his mind and he and the president have become BFFs. The New Yorker article by Susan Glasser quotes an unnamed former official as saying Pompeo is “among the most sycophantic and obsequious people around Trump.” And an unnamed former ambassador very un-diplomatically said of Pompeo: “He’s like a heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass.”  Ouch.

POMPEO PRESS: There seems to be a lot of news about the Secretary of State floating around.  The State-focused blog Diplopundit summarized some of the reporting about whether Pompeo might resign to run for the Senate from Kansas as a possible stepping stone for a run for the White House in 2024.

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