Tillerson expected to resign as administration eyes shake-up: reports

Tillerson expected to resign as administration eyes shake-up: reports

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, shown in a file photo at the State Department in Washington, D.C., is among several members of the Trump administration who agree with the president that Iran has violated the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal and that it should be renegotiated. (State Department photo)

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to resign as soon as January, according to Vanity Fair, a move representing a major shake-up within the Trump administration.

According to multiple reports, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is expected to take the reins at the State Department and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will likely step into Pompeo’s position.

President Donald Trump and Tillerson have had a publicly rocky relationship, one that includes Trump urging the Secretary of State to abandon diplomacy with North Korea on Twitter and a prominent report that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” following a Pentagon meeting in July.

The Secretary of State has not specifically denied using the insult to describe Trump, both State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert and President Donald Trump have said that the incident did not take place.

Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon-Mobil, was confirmed as Secretary of State in early February.

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