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Trump to Oust Tillerson, Replace Him With Mike Pompeo

01 December 2017, 06:24 | Katrina Lee

CIA Director Mike Pompeo

CIA Director Mike Pompeo

President Donald Trump brushed aside reports Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's exit is imminent.

Under the plan, which the paper said was developed by White House chief of staff John Kelly, Pompeo would be replaced at the Central Intelligence Agency by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and an important Trump ally on national security issues.

Tillerson is the former Exxon Mobil CEO who has had tensions with Trump in several foreign policy areas, as well as overwhelmingly negative publicity over plans to reorganize the State Department.

The newspaper quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Trump had soured on Tillerson and was ready for a change at the State Department, probably around the end of the year.

"It seems like an odd way to run an administration to put a story out there that seems to imply that Tillerson is on borrowed time, but we're gonna keep him in the job for two months", said Wallace.

Tillerson answered that "the president speaks for himself". There's talk the White House is planning to replace Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kelly told Tillerson's chief of staff on Thursday the reports on Tillerson being replaced were not true.

If carried out, the staff changes would be the latest in a string of firings or resignations in the Trump administration including the departures of the chief of staff, national security adviser and Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

It is exceedingly rare for a secretary of state, America's face on the global stage, to be fired or to serve for a year or less.

Tillerson is also understood to have had a fraught relationship with Kushner and Ms. Trump, reportedly referring to the high-profile Manhattanite couple as "the royal family".

"There are no personnel announcements at this time", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later said in a statement that left Tillerson twisting in the wind. Tillerson has been overtly refusing to take Trump's hostile line on North Korea.

"You're definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done", said a separate Trump adviser, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the administration.



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