Relations between Trump, Tillerson strained nearly from the start

Relations between Trump, Tillerson strained nearly from the start

If he becomes US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo would have three assets Rex Tillerson did not: experience in government, the confidence of President Donald Trump, and a defter touch with Congress and the bureaucracy.

Pompeo left the U.S. House seat representing Kansas' 4th District to head the Central Intelligence Agency in January. Tillerson never confirmed the report, but Trump soon after challenged Tillerson to an IQ test.

President Donald Trump brushed aside reports Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's exit is imminent.

A senior administration official who spoke recently with Tillerson says the former Exxon Mobil CEO felt secure in his position and was focused on his State Department reorganization and other diplomacy matters.

Asked whether he wanted Tillerson to remain in his job, Trump sidestepped the question, telling reporters at the White House: "He's here".

Ryan has had a confrontational relationship with the Trump communications team from the beginning, first with former press secretary Sean Spicer, and now with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Even so, an end-of-year exit would make his time in office the shortest of any secretary of state whose tenure was not ended by a change in presidents in almost 120 years.

"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.

It is exceedingly rare for a secretary of state, America's face on the global stage, to be fired or to serve for a year or less.

Tillerson has embittered many in the State Department by embracing the planned budget cut, failing to get top officials into key diplomatic jobs, relying on a handful of aides and keeping his distance from career diplomats.

Does the president still have confidence in Tillerson?

Tillerson successfully convinced Mr. Trump to keep the U.S.in the Iran nuclear deal. "They engaged in a foreign leader visit and are continuing to work together to close out what we've seen to be an incredible year".

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

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