Trump plans to replace Tillerson with Pompeo

"Secretary Tillerson continues to lead the State Department and the entire cabinet is focused on completing this incredibly successful first year of President Trump's administration", she said in a statement.

Baker and Haberman write that it is "not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan", but that Chief of Staff John Kelly has drawn it up and widely circulated it.

Tillerson is the former Exxon Mobil CEO who has had tensions with Trump in several foreign policy areas, as well as overwhelmingly negative publicity over plans to reorganize the State Department.

"He's here. Rex is here", Trump offered, noting that Tillerson was in the building - but not in the room - at the time.

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Trump has soured on Tillerson mostly because of the "moron" report, his less confrontational approach on North Korea and differences over the Qatar crisis, one senior US official said. Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

Mr Tillerson would be replaced with Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A few weeks later, Tillerson voiced his support for the president after a report claimed that he had called Trump a "moron" after a meeting on Afghanistan.

The response was equally uninspired from the White House briefing room, where White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said simply that "when the President loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve in the capacity that they're in". Too much churn could fuel the perception of chaos in the Trump White House - perhaps one reason he has yet to pull the trigger.

"This is a hellish environment for a secretary of state", said one State Department official on condition of anonymity.

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"There has been a kind of Cold War going on between these two", Wallace noted, adding there has seemed to be a rift between Trump and Tillerson on handling North Korea.

At a private dinner of foreign policy veterans last month, a senior White House official criticized Tillerson for failing to support the president's agenda, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Tensions have also run high between Tillerson and veteran diplomats who oppose his proposed staff and budget cuts.

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