US Secretary Of State Tillerson Denies Rumors He Is Leaving Job

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks while meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday denied rumors that he's planning on leaving the Trump administration. But others told the network Tillerson could leave sooner.

Asked how long he plans to stay, he said, "As long as the president lets me".

"We have spoken with the secretary".

"He just came back from that mega trip overseas", she added, referring to a trip that took Mr Tillerson to the Group of 20 summit in Germany, as well as to Turkey, Ukraine and Gulf countries.

Tillerson's job status has been the subject of much speculation this week in Washington following a report from CNN. "He's deeply engaged in that work", The Hill reported.

Tillerson is also reportedly upset about Trump's increasingly public feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reportedly calling the president's comments about Sessions unprofessional - leading some to speculate Tillerson himself might be the next member of Trump's staff to resign.




"He does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own... just taking a little time off،" she said. "We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us".

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

Tillerson was scheduled to receive visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, according to the state department's schedule of engagements of its senior leaders for Wednesday.

Before last week, Tillerson had strongly maintained he would see through his task of reorganizing the entire State Department after Trump's March budget proposal laid out plans to cut $10 billion from its roughly $47 billion in funding.

Tillerson has been one of Trump's closest confidants, regularly dining with the president at the White House.

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