Tillerson resignation rumors 'false،' State Department says

Tillerson resignation rumors 'false،' State Department says

CNN reported during the weekend that Tillerson was considering leaving his post, saying that the former ExxonMobil CEO was growing frustrated with the Trump administration, but Nauert denied that report.

Recent reports have indicated Tillerson has doubts the infighting with the White House will calm down anytime soon.

Asked how long he plans to stay, he said, "As long as the president lets me". "The secretary has been very clear: He intends to stay here at the State Department. He's got a lot of work". The speculation came amid Trump's rising criticism of another Cabinet member, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and turnover in the White House communications office. "He's deeply engaged in that work", The Hill reported.

To make matters worse, Tillerson was reportedly never that keen on taking the position from the beginning, as he had been planning for retirement at the time Trump offered him the job.

She later clarified that the vacation was planned in advance and was not in response to any resignation rumors.

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Upon making the announcement, the department's spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, refused to directly address the rumors and only told reporters that the decision-making process at the White House involved many advisers "who may not agree on different situations".

Tillerson isn't the only one taking time off. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also out this week - according to the Pentagon, he is away on "personal travel".

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

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