Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

Trump Reportedly Considering CIA Director Mike Pompeo For Secretary Of State

But he still would suffer from problems that have afflicted Tillerson, chief among them a boss who has shown little regard for diplomacy and no qualms about undermining his secretary of state with tweets, current and former US officials said.

The Times, the first to report the plan, said it was not immediately clear whether President Donald Trump had given final approval to the shakeup.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later told reporters: "As the President just said, 'Rex is here.' There are no personnel announcements at this time".

Tillerson participated in two meetings at the White House on Thursday, returning between them to a State Department where his leadership as America's top diplomat has been widely criticized as lackluster.

That's after reports that White House officials are discussing a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in what would be a major shake-up of the president's national security team.

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His public response to the reports on Thursday signaled no desire to spare his secretary of state - who still has not denied having called the President a "moron" in private.

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The next day, Trump appeared to dismiss those efforts in a tweet, telling Tillerson he was "wasting his time". "He serves at the pleasure of the president". Trump also deemed diplomacy with North Korea a waste of time, when Tillerson was pursuing just that.

Tillerson's aloof management style and cost-saving plan to restructure the State Department, including slashing around 2,000 positions, has not helped his popularity.

A source familiar with Tillerson's thinking said the secretary of state's original plan when he took the job was to leave in February. Tillerson's advice to Trump to stay in the Paris climate deal and certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal was similarly overruled.

Pompeo is a former representative from Kansas.

When Tillerson in June called on Arab nations to ease their blockade on Qatar, Trump emerged in the Rose Garden hours later to lambaste Qatar for funding terrorism.

Several administration officials said that Pompeo has said previously he's open to the job. But Trump never signed off, and officials have struggled to focus his attention on the matter, the individual said.

In September in Beijing, Tillerson said Washington was probing North Korea to see whether it was interested in dialog, and had multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang.

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