White House Plan Seeks To Transition Secretary Tillerson Out Of State Department
New York Times: White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo, Within Weeks
“The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday. … It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Mr. Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department. John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials…” (Baker/Haberman, 11/30).