Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Rex Tillerson has no plans to step down, official says

Rex Tillerson has no plans to step down, official says

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that he intends to stay on in the role, after a week of swirling reports that he was preparing to throw in the towel.

Sources told CNN that Tillerson was especially bothered by Trump's decision to attack Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsScaramucci fast accruing power in White House The Memo: Justice Department veterans reeling over Sessions drama Trump's attacks stun Republican senators MORE on Twitter over his decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

When Nauert was asked why Tillerson's time off was not being directly referred to as a vacation, she said she was unsure what language was typically used for such absences.

Nauert flatly denied the secretary is thinking about quitting, saying Tillerson recognizes that "we have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us..." The speculation over Tillerson's remaining in Trump's cabinet came after days of Trump publicly attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"He is deeply engaged in that work", Nauert added.

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The former ExxonMobil CEO's office said Tuesday that he was taking a few days off after a tasking travel schedule.

Tillerson, the sources said, viewed Trump's comments as unprofessional. "If that's what they want to do, fine: Someone will fix in a couple years, but in the meantime we're going to lose a lot of ground".

It is customary to list "no public appointments" when a secretary is on a personal vacation، according to The Associated Press.

Tillerson's absence coincides with a number of reports hinting at growing tension between the secretary of state and the president.

Tillerson has had troubles with the White House overstaffing, and has been forced to drop people he was considering for senior level positions at the state department.

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