President Trump dismissed reports of Rex Tillerson’s imminent ouster as “Fake News” on Friday — even though they came from his White House.
“The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon — FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again,” Trump tweeted after lunching with the beleaguered Secretary of State.
Tillerson similarly brushed off the reports while welcoming Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the State Department in the morning.
“It’s laughable,” he said of numerous reports suggesting he’s slated to be replaced with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
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All the reports were sourced to unnamed White House officials.
The New York Times first reported the anticipated shake-up, which could come as early as January and would include Sen. Tom Cotton replacing Pompeo at the CIA.
The 63-year-old former ExxonMobil executive has had a bumpy relationship with the President during his tumultuous tenure.
They’ve publicly split on several diplomatic issues and in October reports surfaced that Tillerson had called the president a “moron,” which led Trump to challenge him to an IQ test.
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The State Department has said Tillerson intends to remain onboard with the administration and is slated to leave on an official four-country trip to Europe on Monday.
With News Wire Services.
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