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.