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White House Plans To Fire Tillerson, Replace Him With CIA's Pompeo

White House Plans To Fire Tillerson, Replace Him With CIA's Pompeo

The overhaul could produce a significant shift in both the tone and direction of the president's foreign policy, removing it from the understated former oil man whose style has never fit well with Trump's. Tom Cotton would then be appointed to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

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".

"Mike Pompeo is not somebody that's not going to back down to these terrorists that are out there, these dictators that are out there", Arnold says.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Trump.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders added there are not any personnel changes to announce at this time. "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".

Under his plan, the staff reshuffle would happen around the end of the year or shortly afterward.

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

Mr. Trump has been publicly frustrated with his top diplomat.

Tillerson answered that "the president speaks for himself".

Pompeo, 53, has taken tough foreign policy stands, especially on Iran, and talked about how his agency is becoming more aggressive and how he has been focusing on deploying more CIA officers overseas.

According to Pentagon reporters, Mattis said, when asked about the report, "I make nothing of it; there's nothing to it". But the Arkansas Secretary of State's office raised questions about that clause, noting that US Constitution may offer a conflicting view that could override the state statute.

He has also been a defender of the worldwide community's nuclear deal with Iran - an agreement Trump pledged to scrap on the campaign trail, and has continued to lambast after taking office.