WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have publicly ruled out a run for Senate next year. But some advisers to President Donald Trump dont believe him.
At the White House, some of the presidents top foreign policy aides see political mindfulness in Pompeos recent actions on Iran and North Korea policy a cautiousness around Trump that belies his assertive public persona.
Skepticism of Pompeo within the West Wing, particularly among National Security Council officials, is rooted in deep and longstanding policy divisions between Trumps White House and State Department. But sources in both camps describe a secretary of state highly concerned with his media image, fueling speculation about his political ambitions.