Tillerson Faces `Death Blow' After Repeated Clashes With Trump

Tillerson Faces `Death Blow' After Repeated Clashes With Trump

Tillerson Faces `Death Blow' After Repeated Clashes With Trump

A former Kansas congressman and the current Central Intelligence Agency director could become the new secretary of state. "Secretary Tillerson continues to lead the State Department and the entire cabinet is focused on completing this incredibly successful first year of President Trump's administration". The report said that Republican Arkansas Sen.

Mr Cotton, the senator for Arkansas, has been a key ally of the president on national security matters.

"He's here. Rex is here", Trump said in the Oval Office when asked if he wants Tillerson to remain in his job.

Tillerson at the time refused to directly address the report that he referred to Trump as a "moron", saying that he would not "deal with petty stuff like that".

"When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve in the capacity that they're in", Sanders said later at her daily briefing.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials, the Times reported. Two Trump administration officials told The Washington Post that the White House is laying groundwork for another personnel change in Trump's already tumultuous term.

Time is quickly running out for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Axios's Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan reported last month that Pompeo's stock was rising in the White House and that he was a leading contender to replace Tillerson. The overhaul could produce a significant shift in both the tone and direction of the president's foreign policy, removing it from the understated former oil man whose style has never fit well with Trump's.

Part of the problem, White House officials have repeatedly said, has been Tillerson's refusal to fill political jobs at the State Department. "Not only will the Koch Brothers now have a direct line to the State Department, Pompeo will lead US foreign policy down the same dark, bigoted and Islamophobic path of Donald Trump's Twitterfeed".

Tillerson had been scheduled to speak Thursday at an event about global efforts to fight AIDS.

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