Mike Pompeo Planning to Resign as Secretary of State


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has planned to resign from the Trump Administration as soon as possible and run in next year's elections.

The paper also said that later in August, Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, spoke with Pompeo about potentially getting Zelensky to pledge during a meeting with Trump in Poland that he "would take the steps being sought" by Trump as a way to "break the logjam in relations between the two countries". That is the same day that the White House released a July call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "do us a favor", leading Democrats to move to impeach him. It is unclear if he has discussed his supposedly impending resignation with the president.

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Mike Pompeo said, "I'll defer to the White House about particular statements and the like".

Questioned by reporters, Pompeo declined to deal with Trump's tweet disparaging Marie Yovanovitch, the previous ambassador to Ukraine, simply as she was addressing lawmakers Friday. "Anyone who says otherwise is just wrong", a source close to Pompeo said, cited by Time.

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Trump is dealing with an impeachment inquiry over allegations he withheld United States navy support so he might press Ukraine to dig up filth on home rival Joe Biden. "I have no doubt that a more fair, open and orderly process of allowing me to read the State Department records would have made this process more transparent", he said.

It said, however, that recent political developments, including President Donald Trump's ongoing impeachment inquiry over the Ukraine scandal, were hurting Pompeo and that he wanted to exit sooner.

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"Rumors of a Pompeo Senate campaign have circulated for months, and while Pompeo has said repeatedly that he has no intention of running, he has not ruled out a race", Time said.