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Sources in the Trump administration say Mike Pompeo might become the second person in US history to combine the duties of Secretary of State and National Security Advisor. However, they express skepticism, as it could make Pompeo too powerful for Trump’s liking. reports citing CNN that one day after US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s departure, administration officials are discussing the possibility of giving the job to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a long-term opponent.

An additional title would not free Pompeo of his responsibilities as Secretary of State, and he would be the second person to have both jobs at the same time – the first being Henry Kissinger during Richard Nixon’s administration.

It is unclear whether Pompeo is on Trump’s shortlist of Bolton replacement candidates, as the president only hinted he has “five people that [he considers] very highly qualified, good people.”

The source also speculated that the “Kissinger model” could make Pompeo far too powerful within the Trump administration.

The conflict between Trump’s perceived diplomatic approach and Bolton’s hard-line hawkish policies are believed to be a key reason why the National Security Advisor was forced out of the administration.

2019.09.12 / 12:38
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