Former US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has dashed claims that he had surgery to achieve his dramatic 90lb weight loss.

Calling them "nasty and inaccurate" the 58-year-old credits the home gym in his basement with dumbbells and an elliptical machine for his success.

In an interview with the New York Post he added: “My son’s getting married in July, and I wanted to be healthier and be around for what I hope the Lord will bless us with as grandkids before too terribly long,” then joked: “I’m not supposed to talk about that.”

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