Tillerson denies reports of his ouster

ANI | Updated: Dec 01, 2017 22:43 IST

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec 1 (ANI): United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has dubbed the reports surfacing that the White House has a plan to get rid of him as 'laughable'.

"It's laughable. It's laughable," Tillerson told reporters during a photo-op with the visiting Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al- Sarraj, according to media reports.

Tillerson on Thursday made an unannounced visit to the White House after the news spread of CIA Director Mike Pompeo replacing him as the Secretary of State.

The switch is likely to happen 'within the next several weeks', reported the New York Times, citing senior administration officials as saying.

Later in the press briefing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say if President Donald Trump has confidence in the top diplomat.

In a press briefing, Sanders said, "When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve in the capacity that they're in."

She made the statement after the reporters repeatedly asked if the President has confidence in Tillerson.

Sanders said that President Trump and Tillerson will be "continuing to work together to close out what we've seen to be an incredible year."

States department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday in a statement said, "Tillerson will also meet with senior Belgian officials, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states to discuss US-EU cooperation on major global issues."

Tillerson has been at odds with Trump over a host of major issues.

Their approaches have disparities on North Korea and Iran's nuclear programme among other issues.

The Secretary of State was even reported to have described the president as a "moron".

Trump had publicly criticized Tillerson for "wasting his time" with a diplomatic outreach to North Korea.

(ANI)

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