President Donald Trump vehemently denied Friday which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could leave the job soon, saying he as well as his top diplomat “work well together.”
Trump’s tweet of support for Tillerson followed a lunch which both men attended along with Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Trump: The media has been speculating which I fired Rex Tillerson or which he might be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving as well as while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together as well as America will be highly respected again!
Earlier inside day, Tillerson, the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive, called reports about his possible departure “laughable.”
On Thursday, multiple news outlets reported which the White House incorporates a plan to oust Tillerson as well as replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The change could take place within several weeks, The completely new York Times reported, though the newspaper noted which the item was unclear if Trump signed off on the item.
Trump on Friday said he as well as Tillerson have a Great working relationship however noted which he has the “final” say in foreign policy decisions.
“He’s not leaving as well as while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together as well as America will be highly respected again!” Trump wrote.
On Thursday, the State Department said Tillerson might continue with his scheduled duties.
Reports for months have painted a picture of a tense working relationship between the president as well as his top diplomat. In October, NBC News reported which Tillerson considered leaving the job as well as called Trump a “moron” during the summer.
The secretary of State then delivered a remarkable, unscheduled statement in which he insisted he “never considered leaving.”
Later Friday, two administration officials confirmed to NBC News which R.C. Hammond, Tillerson’s senior advisor for strategic communications, will leave mid-December. Hammond had been the only press aide accompanying Tillerson on trips.