White House says Tillerson to remain as secretary of state

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PV International Desk : A combination photo of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo (L) on May 11, 2017 and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington, US, November 28, 2017. Reuters
A combination photo of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo (L) on May 11, 2017 and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington, US, November 28, 2017. Reuters
Rex Tillerson will remain as US secretary of state, the White House spokeswoman said on Thursday, amid reports Tillerson will be removed in favour of Mike Pompeo, who is currently CIA director.

“When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve here,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said when asked about reports of a staff shake-up.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also dismissed reports on Thursday that President Donald Trump was considering a plan to oust Tillerson.

Asked what he made of Tillerson’s reported pending departure, Mattis said: “I make nothing of it. There’s nothing to it.”