Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not leaving the Trump administration regardless of current speculation, President Donald Trump stated on Friday afternoon.
“The media has actually been hypothesizing that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving quickly – FAKE NEWS,” Trump tweeted . “He’ s not leaving and while we disagree on specific topics, (I call the last shots) we work well together and America is extremely appreciated once again!”
A picture of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participating in the swearing-in event of Tillerson accompanied the tweet.
The reaction from the president follows reports previously today that Tillerson was anticipated to resign from his post in January and would possibly be prospered by existing CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The succession strategy would then include nominating Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton to take Pompeo’s function with the CIA.
Another less-likely however possible situation that was drifted on Thursday would’ve moved U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to the State Department.
State Department Press Secretary Heather Nauert attended to concerns about Tillerson’ s future and pointed out guarantees from the White House.
“He stays the secretary of state and as long as he serves at the satisfaction of the president, he will continue to do that task,” Nauert stated. “He’ s heard these type of stories in the past, and he’ s simply tackling his organisation.”
Nauert informed press reporters that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Tillerson early Thursday when reports initially broke, to guarantee him the “ reports are not real.”
“ We have no remark, ” a CIA representative informed Fox News on Thursday, when inquired about the conversations.
The previous Exxon Mobile chairman and CEO has actually had a supposedly controversial relationship with the president.
In October, reports appeared that Tillerson apparently called Trump a “idiot” after a conference with cabinet authorities in July. The remarks followed President Trump provided a questionable speech to the Boy Scouts of America. Tillerson, who worked as the president of the company from 2010-2012, was apparently distressed over the material of the speech and apparently threatened to stop.
Trump later on identified the report “ phony news. ”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Madeline Farber and Zoe Szathmary added to this report.