President Trump said Thursday that he does not plan to make Secretary of State Mike Pompeo his national security adviser and said he is considering at least 15 candidates for the position.
Trump told reporters that he spoke with Pompeo earlier in the day, and that the secretary of State “liked the idea of somebody [else] in there.”
“I actually spoke to Mike Pompeo about that and he decided – I get along with him so well, we have a lot of the same views, couple of different views – but he likes the idea of having someone in there with him,” Trump said as he departed the White House to attend a GOP House retreat in Baltimore.
Trump on Wednesday said he had ousted Bolton because he made “some very big mistakes” that set the administration back with its efforts in North Korea and Venezuela.
“A lot of people want the job. It’s a great job,” he said.
“It’s great because it’s a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it’s very easy actually to work me,” he added. “You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions.”
TRUMP: "It's a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it's very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it's easy? Because I make all the decisions — they don't have to work." pic.twitter.com/BBKT7ujaul
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2019