Plans to replace Secretary Tillerson underway after soured relationship with Trump

Although US President Donald Trump has yet to formally approve the transition plan, it appears that the White House has devised a plan to fire US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with the current CIA Chief Mike Pompeo.
Tillerson likely to be booted Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

It appears that White House plans to fire US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Chief Mike Pompeo in the coming weeks, according to The New York Times on Thursday. According to the report, Pompeo will be replaced as CIA chief by Republican Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas.

However, The New York Times clarified that US President Donald Trump has yet to officially approve the plan, but it appears his relationship with Tillerson has soured. Reportedly Chief of Staff John Kelly formulated the transition plan, which is expected to take effect in late December or early January.

According to reports, Tillerson called the president a "moron" in several private conversations, while the president publicly declared the secretary of state was "wasting his time" with his attempts to diplomatically resolve the North Korean crisis.

CIA Chief Mike Pompeo set to replace Tillerson Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

The Times reported that Pompeo, who has served three terms in Congress, impressed Trump during daily intelligence updates from the CIA and became a trusted policy adviser to the president on a variety of issues. However, sources within the intelligence community have criticized Pompeo in the past for politicizing his work too often.

Cotton, Pompeo’s possible replacement, is one of Trump's most ardent supporters. Though, on the other hand, a number of White House advisers are urging Trump to leave Cotton in the Senate where his support is needed.  

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