Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rex Tillerson here to stay: Spokeswoman debunks rumours about ouster

Rex Tillerson here to stay: Spokeswoman debunks rumours about ouster

Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

His softer line on North Korea and other differences have put him at odds with Trump, who he has allegedly called a "moron". Tillerson aides and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of State because I have never considered leaving", Tillerson said.

Timing for any move was uncertain.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders wasn't giving any long term guarantees on Tillerson either.

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

Friction between the president and the nation's top diplomat has grown increasingly public through the year. Soon after, Trump publicly challenged his secretary to an IQ match.

As Nauert spoke at the State Department, Tillerson was at the White House for a meeting with top national security officials on the crisis in Syria.

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Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has had a testy relationship with President Trump at times. Bill to save cyber diplomacy office advances America's decision on North Korea hinges on Trump's success in Asia MORE. Tillerson's advice to Trump to stay in the Paris climate deal and certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal was similarly overruled.

As a member of Congress, she noted, Pompeo represented Wichita, Kansas, where Koch Industries is based, has been called the "Koch Brothers' favorite congressman".

Mr Tillerson would be replaced with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Both Pompeo and Cotton could end up turning both posts, traditionally thought to be fairly apolitical, into major proponents of Trump's agenda. Yet moving him would create a Senate vacancy just as Republicans need every vote possible. The report said that Republican Arkansas Sen.

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"There's only been roughly 1500 people to ever hold the position of U.S. Senator", said Hester. Department officials have pushed back on that complaint, saying they've sent lists of potential nominees to the White House only to see them rejected or ignored. "That is what I've been told, and that's what we've been told, and you heard from the White House today that they have no personnel changes announce". The officials said that Trump's inner circle broadly supports the plan.

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