On Friday, Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state, declared that he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
The ardent supporter and ally of Donald Trump declined to compete against his former commander-in-chief in a contest during an interview with Fox News.
In a message later shared on Twitter, Pompeo said, “The time is not right for my family and me.” “At every step of my public service, including as a soldier and a U.S., I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to advance America in a way that fits the time and the situation, first as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, then as your Secretary of State. I won’t run for office again now or at this moment.
Pompeo appeared to leave room for a potential follow-up run.
I apologize to those who this announcement disappoints, Pompeo said. “I’m 59 years old, for those of you who are this ecstatic.
Pompeo would have joined former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who declared her candidacy in February, as the second former member of the Trump Cabinet to enter the race to oppose the former president for the GOP nomination in 2024.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has increased travel and participation in early-voting primary and caucus states as he considers running for office.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech businessman, and Asa Hutchinson, a former governor of Arkansas, have also declared their candidacies. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has established an exploratory committee for the presidency as he weighs a run for the office.