President Trump said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not leave top US diplomatic post despite disagreements, calling the rumours about his resignation “fake news”.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday denied media reports that he would fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that even though the two leaders disagree on some issues, the top US diplomat will not be leaving his post anytime soon.
“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 said in a Twitter post.
Earlier, the New York Times reported citing administration officials that the White House was planning to replace Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo by the end of 2017 or shortly later.
The White House ant the Department of State have also denied the rumour. Rex Tillerson responded to a request by journalists to comment on the reports saying that the allegations were “laughable”.
This is not the first time the press is talking about the current Secretary of State’s resignation. This summer, CNN reported that Tillerson was considering stepping down from the State Department before the end of the year due to growing frustration with the Trump administration.