Tillerson says no truth to reports he is being replaced
Reports claimed Trump was to appoint CIA director Mike Pompeo as new US secretary of state
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Getty Images
US secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Saturday denied that he was leaving his post to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
Asked if there was any truth to the multiple reports about him this week, Mr Tillerson told Reuters: “None.”
“People need to get better sources,” he said in a brief interview at the State Department ahead of a dinner to celebrate the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors awards.
Mr Tillerson said he hoped to be at the same reception a year from now.
“I’m going to be here as long as I can be effective and get something done,” he said. “We’re getting a lot done.”
Senior administration officials on Thursday said President Donald Trump was mulling a plan to oust the top US diplomat, whose relationship with the president has been strained by Mr Tillerson’s softer line on North Korea and other policy differences.
Mr Trump denied the reports on Friday, saying in a tweet that he worked well with Mr Tillerson and that the diplomat was not going anywhere.–Reuters