Trump Set To Replace Tillerson With Pompeo “Within Weeks”: NYT

Thursday, November 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Nov 30, 2017

Rumors have circulated for months that Rex Tillerson’s time at the helm of the State Department might soon be coming to the end. Tensions between the two men – who could forget “morongate”? – have apparently worsened since the spring, when reports first emerged that Tillerson and Trump had different views on important foreign policy issues like the Iran deal and North Korea. Trump was famously accused of “castrating” his secretary of state in the eyes of the global diplomatic community when he chided Tillerson not to bother pursuing diplomatic talks with the North Koreans.

Pompeo has long been rumored (as we pointed out in October) to be Tillerson’s obvious replacement, given his foreign policy expertise as head of the CIA and a reportedly close relationship with Trump – the two meet every day for Trump’s intelligence briefing. Pompeo’s reportedly become “a trusted policy adviser” to the president, according to the Times. Before the CIA, Pompeo was a Congressman from Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana.

And now, the New York Times is reporting that Tillerson could be out “within weeks.” For the former ExxonMobile CEO, 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 nearly 120 years. Tillerson has reportedly been holding out until year end to try and end his tenure with a little dignity.

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