White House plan to replace Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency chief

Rex W. Tillerson in September at the White House. Credit Doug Mills  The New York Times

"The succession thing to me is just chatter at the moment", they said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson participates in a panel discussion at the Wilson Center in Washington, U.S., November 28, 2017. Nauert added that Tillerson "serves at the pleasure of the president". "This is a job that he enjoys".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to leave his post in January, sources told Fox News, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo being eyed to take his place.

Mr Trump publicly criticised Mr Tillerson during the secretary's trip to Asia for "wasting his time" by attempting to hold a diplomatic conversation with North Korea.

In a major foreign policy speech on USA relations with Europe under Trump's "America First" foreign policy, Tillerson pledged that sanctions against Russian Federation will remain in place until it helps restore peace in Ukraine.

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Corker on Thursday defended Tillerson. The retweets were condemned by various members of the British government, through Trump dismissed criticisms from Prime Minister Theresa May with a botched retort on Twitter. But the New York Times said he is intent on finishing the year before leaving.

Now, CBS News has confirmed the White House has a plan to force Tillerson out.

Tillerson successfully convinced Mr. Trump to keep the the Iran nuclear deal.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump had given final approval to the reshuffle, but one of the officials said the president asked for the plan to be put together.

Days before that, Mr Trump had appeared to undermine Mr Tillerson, saying that... White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tillerson "is here" and there are "no personnel announcements to be made at this time". "Perfect" is widely reported to be behind some of the most egregious mistakes of Trump's presidency so far, including the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and Trump's decision to back the doomed Alabama primary candidacy of Sen.