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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s political action committee spent $30,000 on media training from March until July for the former Trump official.
Axios reported on the expenditure Monday, noting that it was the biggest expense for the PAC outside of payroll.
Pompeo was training to be better on TV as he was shedding 90-plus pounds and developing the reputation as a conservative talking head – as rumors swirl he could launch a bid for the White House in 2024.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s PAC spent $30,000 on media training for the Trump official who has lost more than 90 pounds since leaving office. A recent photo shows a svelte Pompeo greeting Andrea Catsimatidis, the chair of Manhattan’s Republican Party (left). And then in August 2020 (right)
In October, Axios reported that former President Donald Trump was keeping close tabs on could-be 2024 GOP contenders, naming Pompeo, former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Pompeo – an ex-secretary of State, CIA director and House member – has so far played coy about any presidential ambitions.
‘The truth is, I’m really getting ready for 2044 and hoping I’ll be around in 2054,’ he told The New York Post in an interview earlier this month, revealing details about his weight loss, and laughing off a question about whether his diet means he has a political future.
His son Nick is getting married in July, he said, and he hoped the union would produce grandchildren.
But his slimmer figure did capture the attention of Trumpworld, with aides of the ex-president speculating it meant Pompeo could be a 2024 contender.
However, Trump’s advisers in October told Axios they didn’t believe Pompeo would run if Trump decided to jump in.
Pompeo addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas in November, showing off his 90-plus weight loss
A larger Pompeo (right) greets the vice chairman of North Korea, Kim Yong Chol (left), during a May 2018 meeting in New York
Trump has returned to the campaign trail, holding his first rally outside of Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month and heading to Texas this weekend.
Meanwhile, Pompeo – who represented Kansas, but now lives in suburban Virginia – made several trips in 2021 to Iowa, the state that holds the first presidential caucuses in the nation.
Last February, Pompeo launched his Champion American Values PAC – or CAVPAC – using remaining funds from his Congressional political committee
CAVPAC’s spending reports for the second half of 2021 are due next week.
Pompeo has endorsed a number of candidates from school board hopefuls to now Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
Youngkin took out Virginia’s former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the commonwealth’s off-year election in November.
‘We are helping folks run in 2022. That’s as far as we’re looking,’ he told the Des Moines Register in July in advance of one of his Iowa trips.