White House considering major shake-up of Trump's national security team

White House considering major shake-up of Trump's national security team

"Tillerson was one of the most blatant revolving door cases in the Trump administration and a clear sign that Trump's government was of, by, and for the fossil fuel industry", said Louaillier in a statement.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who is close to Trump, would replace Pompeo at the top of the Central Intelligence Agency, the source said.

"They engaged in a foreign leader visit and are continuing to work together to close out what we've seen to be an incredible year".

Both CNN and Bloomberg subsequently reported that the White House is weighing replacing Tillerson with Pompeo. Even so, 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 almost 120 years. He's heard these stories before.

Senator Bob Corker, a senior voice on foreign policy, spoke to Tillerson on Thursday and said the secretary of state was unaware of any plans to oust him. Nauert added that Tillerson "serves at the pleasure of the president".

If carried out, the staff changes would be the latest in a string of departures and firings in Trump's administration in recent months, including his chief of staff, national security adviser and Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

While Trump has expressed deep skepticism of the USA intelligence community - he once compared its behavior to that of Nazi Germany - Pompeo has called the president an "avid consumer" of intelligence who is grateful to intelligence professionals.

Tillerson has embittered many in the State Department by embracing the planned budget cut, failing to get top officials into key diplomatic jobs, relying on a handful of aides and keeping his distance from career diplomats.

By September, the White House was telling some people that Tillerson would be replaced and some issues needing sign-off from the secretary of state were being put off until after he was gone, said a senior administration official, who like others wasn't authorized to comment publicly and demanded anonymity.

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.

"There has never been a consideration in my mind to leave", Tillerson said. Tillerson's advice to Trump to stay in the Paris climate deal and certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal was similarly overruled. Shortly after Tillerson announced that the USA was in diplomatic contact with Pyongyang, Mr. Trump tweeted that "he is wasting his time".

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