By Andrew Kelly
The current Secretary Of State, Rex Tillerson, former Exxonmobil CEO, is widely rumored to be on the way out in the Trump Administration. These rumors come after President Trump tweeted that the Secretary Of State was “wasting his time” negotiating with the North Korean regime, and Secretary Tillerson had reportedly threatened to resign over the summer, calling the President a “moron.”
According to sources within the Trump Administration, current CIA director Mike Pompeo is favored as Tillerson’s replacement. In Pompeo’s old post as director of the CIA, Tom Cotton, the junior senator from Arkansas is favored as his replacement. However, not all are happy about Cotton being the presumptive nominee. Glen Carle, a former CIA operations officer, called Cotton “Wholly unfit to be director”.
Some within the state department are cautiously optimistic, if not excited, for Tillerson’s successor. A State Department official who preferred to remain anonymous said, “I don’t believe [Pompeo] would voluntarily choose to preside over an impotent organization, whereas Tillerson seems perfectly content with being irrelevant and kneecapping the very organization he is supposed to support and lead. I think Pompeo would want information from the building and that would breathe new life into the diplomatic enterprise.”
On Tillerson’s ouster, Trump dodged the question, saying that “Rex is here” when questioned by reporters. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that “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.”