Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas would likely be offered that position.

"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", she added. Officials in Europe will view Tillerson's policy prescriptions as falling within the norm of traditional USA foreign policy - but they'll also know he probably doesn't speak for the president.

Mr Tillerson's relationship with the president is thought to have been strained after reports emerged that he had called Mr Trump a "moron" during a meeting at the Pentagon.

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The White House started telling people in September that Tillerson would be replaced, said a senior administration official.

That left State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert with the awkward task of declaring that Tillerson "remains, as I have been told, committed to doing this job", though "He does serve at the pleasure of the president". The comments came after President Trump gave a controversial speech to the Boy Scouts of America in July. While, Trump, in turn, challenged the Secretary of State for an IQ test in an attempt to prove that he was not indeed one.

Under his plan, the staff reshuffle would happen around the end of the year or shortly afterward.

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President Donald Trump moved to quash speculation about the rumored departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday, after widespread reporting that plans were in place to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

A former Kansas congressman and the current Central Intelligence Agency director could become the new secretary of state.

The president and Mr Tillerson have also been at odds over a range of policy issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and the approach the United States should take with North Korea.

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The two have repeatedly disagreed on policy: whether to stay in the Paris climate change accord, whether to side with Saudi Arabia in its dispute with Qatar, how hard to seek a diplomatic solution over North Korea's nuclear program. Bill to save cyber diplomacy office advances America's decision on North Korea hinges on Trump's success in Asia MORE.

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