Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

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

Russian Federation has often employed "malicious" tactics against the US and Europe to "drive them apart" and undermine their political and economic successes, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Both CNN and Bloomberg subsequently reported that the White House is weighing replacing Tillerson with Pompeo.

The newspaper quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Trump had soured on Tillerson and was ready for a change at the State Department, probably around the end of the year.

Trump has soured on Tillerson mostly because of the "moron" report, his less confrontational approach on North Korea and differences over the Qatar crisis, one senior USA official said.

Nauert says Tillerson serves at the president's pleasure and remains in his role until told otherwise.

Does the president still have confidence in Tillerson?

Trump is considering a plan to oust Tillerson, whose relationship has been strained by the top USA diplomat's softer line on North Korea and other differences, senior administration officials said.

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Tillerson has embittered many in the State Department by embracing the planned budget cut, failing to get top officials into key diplomatic jobs, relying on a handful of aides and keeping his distance from career diplomats. The secretary of state reportedly called Trump a "moron", a charge Tillerson never denied.

Things change quickly at the Trump White House.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there are "no personnel announcements at this time".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hopes Rex Tillerson stays on as the U.S. secretary of state.

"There has been a kind of Cold War going on between these two", Wallace noted, adding there has seemed to be a rift between Trump and Tillerson on handling North Korea.

That Mr Tillerson has struggled to forge a comfortable relationship with Mr Trump has always been an open secret in Washington.

The former ExxonMobil executive has also defended the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump last month disavowed.

"I think he has represented the United States' interests exceedingly well, particularly in our region", she told Sky News on Friday.

  • Megan Austin