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White House plan to replace Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency chief

White House plan to replace Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency chief

The report noted that it's unclear whether President Trump has signed off on the plan yet.

Citing unnamed "senior administration officials" on Thursday, the New York Times reports that the Trump administration has a detailed plan to push Secretary of State Rex Tillerson out his position and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who would in turn be replaced by the hawkish U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials, the Times reported.

It was not clear whether Trump plans to throw Tillerson, who in October reportedly called the president a "moron", overboard.

Though Tillerson has publicly denied being unhappy or seeking to resign, it's been repeatedly reported by top officials, including Sen.

But others argued that any new secretary of state would face the same obstacles as Tillerson, who was undercut this year when Trump told his chief diplomat to stop "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.

Merkel's Party Throws Support Behind Grand Coalition, But 'Not At Any Price'
Higher taxes for the rich, as well as a higher inheritance tax, would be used to pay "for education, communities and housing". Yet, returning to the so-called "grand coalition" between the natural rivals could be seen by many as a betrayal.

In light of these developments, Carol Lee called Sanders' defense "spin on a whole new level", and Willie Geist found it remarkable that the press secretary would double down after Trump shared a statement from by a convicted hate criminal. "I serve at the appointment of the president and I am here as long as the president feels I can be useful to achieving his objectives".

Mr. Trump has been publicly frustrated with his top diplomat. Tillerson's advice to Trump to stay in the Paris climate deal and certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal was similarly overruled. She did suggest that no move was imminent, saying the president and Tillerson planned to "work together to close out what we've seen to be an incredible year".

But the White House's tentative plans to replace Pompeo at the Central Intelligence Agency with Sen. She says Tillerson continues to lead the department.

Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation and tried to mediate a dispute after four Arab nations launched a boycott of Qatar.

Several administration officials said that Pompeo has said previously he's open to the job.

"Anybody could play the hand he's been dealt better than Tillerson", said one USA official on condition of anonymity, saying things can only get better.


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