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Tillerson here, working, Trump spokeswoman says

Tillerson here, working, Trump spokeswoman says”

Reports have emerged that President Donald Trump is planning to oust Mr Tillerson and replace him with Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo.

While the changeup would make another cabinet member leaving or being replaced in less than a year of Trump's presidency, Secretary of Defense James Mattis - who is number six behind number four, Tillerson, in the line of succession - said Thursday afternoon he is not anxious about such a change.

"When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve here", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said when asked about reports of a staff shake up.

Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has had a testy relationship with President Trump at times.

Days before that, Mr Trump had appeared to undermine Mr Tillerson, saying that...

Trump was alienated by the reported "moron" comment and Tillerson positions that differ from Trump's on North Korea and the Gulf standoff between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations, said another senior official. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a pro-torture pick that's also likely to attract a lot of scrutiny.

Kelle Louaillier, president of Corporate Accountability International, said that while ousting Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, might otherwise be a positive step, having Pompeo in charge of the U.S. State Department would be nothing to celebrate. On several occasions, the president publicly undercut his diplomatic initiatives.

"You're definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done", said a separate Trump adviser, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the administration.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) sits beside U.S. President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2017. That is giving West Wing officials pause, a source close to the White House said.

More junior-level advisers could also use the completion of Trump's first year and tax legislation as a pivot point to move on, leading to another period of uncertainty that has at times overshadowed Trump's tenure, which began on January 20.



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