Relations between Trump, Tillerson strained nearly from the start

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01 December, 2017

The Associated Press is reporting that a plan has been discussed to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, replacing him with the current CIA Director, Mike Pompeo.

Earlier this year, Tillerson denied an NBC News report that top Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTop US automakers warn Pence: NAFTA proposal could hurt industry Flipping Michael Flynn: The real and imagined damage of a Mueller deal Preet Bharara: Helping Mueller probe might be only "sane" move for Flynn MORE, had urged him not to step down from the State Department.

Baker and Haberman write that it is "not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan", but that Chief of Staff John Kelly has drawn it up and widely circulated it. Nauert added that Tillerson "serves at the pleasure of the president".

Kelle Louaillier, president of Corporate Accountability International, said that while ousting Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, might otherwise be a positive step, having Pompeo in charge of the U.S. State Department would be nothing to celebrate.

Asked about Tillerson, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the secretary of state remained in his post.

Relations between Trump, Tillerson strained nearly from the start

In 10 months as America's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has found no world leader a greater challenge than the President of the United States.

Mr Tillerson would be replaced with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Too much churn could fuel the perception of chaos in the Trump White House - perhaps one reason he has yet to pull the trigger. 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. On several occasions, the president publicly undercut his diplomatic initiatives.

That's according to two administration officials.

"You're definitely going to see some people leave after tax cuts get done", said a separate Trump adviser, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the administration.

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