There have been a lot of rumors that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson might be on his way out.
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According to a story in youngcons.com:
He even took a couple of days off in the middle of the speculation, sparking even more furor.
But looks like that’s all it was, just rumor.
Because according to Tillerson, he’s not going anywhere.
From Washington Examiner:
“I’m not going anywhere,” Tillerson told reporters during a brief exchange Wednesday.
Tillerson’s future became an occasion for speculation following reports that he’d grown increasingly frustrated with President Trump. The secretary has faced delays in making political appointments at the State Department, in part because Trump’s team has vetoed some of his choices for senior positions. That coincided with Trump’s public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which highlighted the precarious nature of Trump’s Cabinet posts.
“[I’ll be here] as long as the president lets me,” Tillerson replied when asked how long he might remain in the administration.
There was reportedly a disagreement over the position of assistant secretary of state East Asian and Pacific Affairs, an important position, but especially so in light of the difficulty with North Korea.
That supposedly caused Jared Kushner to criticize Tillerson’s response.
“Colleagues are capable of frank exchanges,” R.C. Hammond, a State Department spokesman, said in June when the report surfaced. “Evaluating nominees did get off to a slow start, but it is now moving along at a pretty good clip.”
Making changes and appointments at the State Department is critically important
It’s been a haven of Obama holdovers.
That endangers policy and risks leaks.
So important to put aside whatever divisions, and get to it!