U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson speaks to reporters after a high-level Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at the headquarters of the United Nations.
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Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson question on Monday beaten to death back to a reporter, would, he submitted a letter of resignation, just answers: “This is ridiculous.”
Sources told Fox News at the end of November, that Tillerson is expected to leave the Trump administration in January, in the middle of the discussion, potentially Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo knock as a replacement. The sources said the most likely succession plan would mean moving Pompeo at the State Department and the nomination of Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom cotton, the leadership of the CIA.
Tillerson, the unnamed reporter took s question, as he welcomed the French foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian to eat a work in the State Department.
The question: “Secretary Tillerson, you have already submitted a letter of resignation with a date in January?”
Tillerson replied, “This is ridiculous.” After the reporter thanked him, he followed: “stupid question.” Then, he and the French foreign Minister, left the room.
TILLERSON NOT ROLE AS SECRETARY OF STATE TO LEAVE, TRUMP SAYS
President Trump fought back on the reports of the two companies were imminent departure. The President tweeted on Dec. 1: “in The media, it was speculated that he would leave Rex to get fired Tillerson, or that soon – to-be FAKE NEWS! He is not going to leave, and while we don’t on certain subjects, (I call the last shots) we work together well and America is a highly respected again!”
Fox News’ Mike ‘ Arroyo, Samuel Chamberlain, John Roberts and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.