Mike Pompeo Mum on Potential 2024 Presidential Run Amid Speculation: 'Only the Lord Knows'

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is staying silent on a potential 2024 presidential run, amid speculation he may run as the GOP nominee, saying that "only the Lord knows where I'll be in 2023."

Pompeo, who was the CIA director as well as secretary of state under former President Donald Trump, made the comment Thursday to the Associated Press when asked about his political plans and whether a decision on a presidential bid would change if Trump chooses to run again. He established his own political action committee two days ago.

"But make no mistake about it: This fight for these things that I care so deeply about...that we have worked on and done our best to serve, to deliver, is something that we're just not going to walk away from," Pompeo said.

Speculation about a presidential run for Pompeo has been mounting, as he has been visiting early-voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. His political action committee aims to support conservative state and federal candidates during 2022, he said.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference held by the Republican Study Group on April 21. Pompeo has become the latest former Trump administration official to launch a political action committee. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

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Establishing a political action committee is a move several other former Trump administration officials have made as Republicans grapple with their party's future following Trump's term. Trump himself has complicated those conversations, implying he could seek a second term and recently setting out a return to the large-scale rallies that became signature events of his 2016 run and years in office.

On Thursday, he said he plans to campaign in South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, who is seeking his second full term in office next year.

Other former Trump administration figures mentioned as potential GOP hopefuls are already making their rounds in the state, including Nikki Haley, who cut short her second term as South Carolina governor to serve as Trump's U.N. ambassador. In April, during a visit to a historically Black university in her native South Carolina, Haley said that she would not seek her party's nomination if Trump opted to run a second time.

Two weeks later, choosing South Carolina as the site of his first public speech since leaving office, former Vice President Mike Pence put down a marker for a potential return to elected office, telling an audience that he will spend the coming months "pushing back on the liberal agenda" that he says is wrong for the country.

Pompeo, one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, said he has been in recent communication with the former president, with whom he worked "side by side for four years" on policies that "people really, really appreciated" and on which he hopes his political action committee will build.

"The ideology comes from my central belief that the people of America care most about what happens closest to them," Pompeo said. "They'll know what's right for their county and their city and their state, and we want to go help them deliver those conservative outcomes."

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves as he is introduced at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 27 in Orlando, Florida. AP Photo/John Raoux