Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

Andrew Cummings
December 2, 2017

Later, he was due to see Trump at the White House for talks with Serraj and lunch with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, within weeks, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.

"I don't think Secretary Tillerson is getting ready to be ousted", Corker told reporters.

On Thursday, these came to a head when several USA media outlets citing White House sources predicted Tillerson's resignation.

CNN's Michelle Kosinski reported Thursday that the rumors may have been an effort to air the President's unhappiness with Tillerson in public.

-This breaking news report will be updated. The succession plan would then involve nominating Arkansas GOP Sen. "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". "Pompeo is quietly looking at staff and figuring out how the department could be reorganized to be effective again", said a White House official.

Tillerson has had a hard time dealing with Trump, where on one occasion he reportedly called the Republican billionaire a "moron". Tillerson, who served as the president of the organization from 2010-2012, was reportedly upset over the content of the speech and allegedly threatened to quit. Tillerson aides and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tillerson at the time refused to directly address the report that he referred to Trump as a "moron", saying that he would not "deal with petty stuff like that".

Trump added, as he often does: "FAKE NEWS!"

Trump administration officials said privately Thursday that the president is considering replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

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