Rex Tillerson could be on his way to serving one of the shortest tenures of any Secretary of State in U.S. history.
The former ExxonMobil CEO may be replaced as the nation’s top diplomat within several weeks by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who would be replaced by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, according to a report in the New York Times Thursday. The White House downplayed the report.
“There are no personnel announcements at this time,” White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Secretary Tillerson continues to lead the State Department and the entire cabinet is focused on completing this incredibly successful first year of President Trump’s administration.”
During an Oval Office meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain, President Trump ducked a question about Tillerson’s future as well.