Mike Pompeo Starts 2024 Countdown As GOP Grapples With Donald Trump Fallout

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has seemingly begun a public countdown to the 2024 presidential election on Twitter, even as his Republican Party grapples with the fallout from President Donald Trump's four years in office.

On Thursday, as President Joe Biden worked his first full day as commander in chief at the White House, Pompeo wrote on Twitter: "1,384 days."

The count would stretch to November 5, 2024, which is the scheduled date of the next presidential election. Pompeo, himself tipped to run for the Republican nomination, appears to be positioning himself as an influential commentator on the Biden regime, and likely one critical of much of the new president's new agenda.

Pompeo, a West Point graduate, former Kansas congressman, former head of the CIA and the last secretary of state, has amassed the credentials to support a run for the highest offices in the country, whether president or a Senate seat.

Throughout his time in Trump's turbulent administration, observers speculated that Pompeo was cultivating his experience and image for future electoral success. Pompeo himself refused to comment, always publicly dedicating himself to the work of the Trump administration despite GOP pressure to run for a Kansas Senate seat in 2020.

The former secretary of state is considered one of the early front runners for the 2024 nomination, though his close affiliation with Trump may yet undermine any future electoral bid. Pompeo was widely accused of politicizing the State Department on behalf of Trump, and was lambasted for initially refusing to acknowledge that Trump lost the election to Biden.

Pompeo became the point man for Trump's nationalistic "America First" foreign policy agenda. Critics argue that the Trump administration undermined U.S. global leadership, emboldened dictators, eroded alliances and made the world less stable.

Pompeo and other administration officials, however, have said they succeeded by breaking with diplomatic convention and taking bold action, even if unilaterally. Pompeo spent his final weeks in office tweeting a long list of administration successes, perhaps hoping to define his own legacy as a basis for a future White House run.

Pompeo's future success could depend on how Trump's legacy settles. Even as Pompeo started his 2024 countdown, the GOP is still grappling with the aftermath of a president who was impeached twice in one term, tried to cling to power through wild conspiracy theories, and even incited an attack on the Capitol.

Trump remains popular among Republican voters, but party grandees are turning against him. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said the Capitol mob was "provoked" by the former president, and before Biden took office even hinted he might vote to convict Trump at his coming second Senate impeachment trial.

Still, CNN reported that other senators have warned McConnell a vote to convict Trump would prompt a backlash from within their ranks. Several senators—such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Josh Hawley—remain committed to Trump's baseless claims of electoral fraud, and may launch future presidential bids from a springboard of support among Trump's base.

In the House too, the Republicans are fractured. Seventeen GOP representatives wrote to Biden this week expressing their desire to work with the new administration, but the House's GOP members generally remain staunch Trumpists. Only 10 GOP representatives voted to impeach Trump a second time, with the remaining 197 remaining loyal.

Some Republican representatives are still peddling Trump's false election claims, accusing anti-fascist activists of responsibility for the storming of the Capitol—despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pleading with them not to—and Rep. Lauren Boebert is even facing allegations of giving rioters a tour of the building before the unrest.

Trump's coming impeachment trial in the Senate could yet exacerbate GOP fissures. The president has been quiet since leaving the White House, but is unlikely to remain so. His inevitable re-entry into the spotlight will buoy his supporters and excite his base, many of who would still like Trump to run for re-election in 2024.

Mike Pompeo pictured at White House December
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves the White House after visiting with family December 11, 2020, in Washington, D.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images/Getty