01 December, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's expected exit from the Trump administration is one of many staff changes likely as President Donald Trump nears the end of his first year in office, with sources saying top economic adviser Gary Cohn and son-in-law Jared Kushner could be among those who depart.
Sanders wouldn't say whether the videos were real and insisted she didn't know how President Trump found them, She told reporters the president retweeted them to start a conversation about border security and immigration.
The Washington Examiner, citing a former White House aide, reports that Tillerson's decision last week not to send a senior State Department delegation for Ivanka Trump's widely touted trip to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India was "the last straw" for Kushner and has led him to be a key voice calling for Tillerson to be fired.
Tillerson is the former Exxon Mobil CEO who has had tensions with Trump in several foreign policy areas, as well as overwhelmingly negative publicity over plans to reorganize the State Department.
In October, Tillerson shot down a report that said he had been on the verge of resigning from his Cabinet position over the summer.
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Nauert says Tillerson serves at the president's pleasure and remains in his role until told otherwise. But he now appears poised to lose an argument: over Tillerson's objections, the president is poised to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
White House officials confirm a plan is under discussion to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, and Pompeo with Cotton. Vanity Fair separately reported that Pompeo could replace Tillerson as early as January.
But he still would suffer from problems that have afflicted Tillerson, chief among them a boss who has shown little regard for diplomacy and no qualms about undermining his secretary of state with tweets, current and former US officials said. The president was here today with the secretary of state. Tillerson has been overtly refusing to take Trump's hostile line on North Korea.
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Tillerson is also understood to have had a fraught relationship with Kushner and Ms. Trump, reportedly referring to the high-profile Manhattanite couple as "the royal family".