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White House, State Department Downplay Reports Of Plan To Replace Tillerson As Secretary Of State

POLITICO: State Dept: Tillerson ‘committed to doing this job’
“President Donald Trump’s administration downplayed reports Thursday of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s imminent departure, saying no personnel changes had been made even as Tillerson made unscheduled visits to the White House…” (McCaskill, 11/30).

POLITICO: Mattis says ‘there’s nothing to’ reports of Tillerson exit
“Defense Secretary James Mattis today dismissed reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his way out of President Donald Trump’s administration…” (Morgan, 11/30).

POLITICO: We’ll take Pompeo over Tillerson, frustrated diplomats say
“Mike Pompeo may have a partisan reputation, hawkish instincts, and little diplomatic experience, but morale at the State Department is so low that many career diplomats would be glad to see the CIA director replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Anything, they say, would be better than this…” (Toosi, 11/30).

Roll Call: White House Won’t Discuss Tillerson’s Future Beyond Year’s End
“The White House that routinely labels as fake any news it does not like is studiously withholding such phraseology when it comes to media reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is a short-timer…” (Bennett, 11/30).

Washington Post: Rex Tillerson brushes off reports that he is being shown the door
“…Tillerson went about his day as usual, including two routine meetings at the White House, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called Tillerson’s chief of staff, Margaret Peterlin, to say the ‘rumors are not true,’ according to Nauert. She said Tillerson ‘brushed this off today’ because he’s lived through rumors of his imminent departure before…” (Gearan/Morello, 11/30).

Washington Post: White House plan to oust Tillerson could elevate Trump loyalist Pompeo
“The White House is readying a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and install loyalists to President Trump in two top national security positions, laying the groundwork for another seismic personnel change in an already turbulent presidency, two administration officials confirmed Thursday…” (Parker et al., 11/30).

Washington Post: The end of Rex Tillerson may finally be here
“…It’s no secret that the relationship between Tillerson, a buttoned-up former ExxonMobil chief executive, and Trump, a former TV showman, has deteriorated…” (Tharoor, 12/1).

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