Tillerson not quitting, says bond with Trump good

Rex Tillerson 'taking a little time off' amid rumors of tension with President Trump

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that he was "not going anywhere", denying news reports that he was considering leaving his post.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told friends he will be lucky to last a year in his job, according to a friend, while two officials said national security adviser HR McMaster was frustrated by what he sees as disorganization and indiscipline on key policy issues inside the White House.

When a report asked how long he would stay in the job, the former oil executive reportedly smiled and said "As long as the president lets me". "That is false. We have spoken with the Secretary. He just came back from that mega-trip from overseas - as you all well know، many of you were there for the G-20، and his other travel as well، so he's entitled to taking a few days himself". "We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us".

Tillerson's time away from Washington also comes at a precarious time for worldwide relations. "He recognizes that. He's deeply engaged in that work". Also, Trump publicly assailed one of Tillerson's fellow Cabinet members, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying he regretted hiring him.


She later clarified that the vacation was planned in advance and was not in response to any resignation rumors. CNN said that among Tillerson's growing differences with the White House were fresh debate over Iran policy and the process of naming White House personnel, as well as Trump's chaotic and confusing foreign policy approach.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday Tillerson has no plans to resign.

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

Tillerson later appeared at the State Department, however, where he met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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