President Trump is reportedly planning to oust Secretary of State Tillerson and replace his spot with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, says the New York Times.
Report: Trump Plans To Replace Tillerson With Pompeohttps://t.co/Ce4ETVcIpD
— Rantingly.com (@rantinglydotcom) November 30, 2017
According to The New York Times, the move will occur in the next several weeks. Tom Cotton, a Republican Senator from Arkansas, would replace Pompeo as CIA chief, according to the White House’s plan.
In October, Tillerson addressed and quashed rumors published by NBC News that he called the President a “moron” and considered resigning from his post in the future. On the allegations of Tillerson insulting him, President Trump rejected the notion and responded to the original NBC report:
It was fake news. It was a totally phony story. It was made up — it was made up by NBC. They just made it up.
When asked if he still had confidence in Tillerson, Trump said he had “total confidence in Rex”. President Trump also tweeted on the NBC story, blasting them for publishing and broadcasting Fake News:
Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017
According to The Times, the plan to move Tillerson and replace him with Pompeo was devised by White House chief of staff, John Kelly. As of yet, it’s unclear how involved in the decision President Trump is; considering it’s his White House and administration, it’s safe to assume this shake-up wouldn’t be happening without his approval.
Interestingly enough, shortly after the news broke of Tillerson being ousted…
JUST IN: Republican Senator McCain says he will support Senate tax reform bill pic.twitter.com/fppO7oi2Cf
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) November 30, 2017
…It was revealed that John McCain will now fully support the Senate tax reform bill. Could this have been President Trump striking a deal with the Swamp? Replace Tillerson and be provided with the last vote he needed on taxes? The timing is certainly suspect but it’s likely just a coincidence – we’ll never know for sure!