Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Rex Wayne TillersonTillerson on overthrow reports: "It's ridiculous" Meet Iran's hawk who could be Trump Tillerson's next secretary of state under pressure after the plan The White House leaks MORE On Saturday he said there is nothing certain in the news reports that he could soon be expelled from the State Department.
"People need to get better sources," Tillerson told Reuters in an interview with the State Department.
He said he would stay in the agency as long as "he can be effective and achieve something", and insisted that under his administration the State Department "is doing a lot".
Several news reports this week indicated that the White House had developed a plan to overthrow Tillerson as the chief diplomat of the Trump administration and replace him with the CIA Director Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard Pompeo Tillerson could be out, but Trump is the real problem of the Tillerson State Department over reports of overthrow: "It's laughable" Meet Iran's hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of state MORE a former Republican congressman nearby to President Trump.
Pompeo, under that plan, would be replaced in the CIA by Senator Tom Cotton Tom CottonTillerson may be out, but Trump is the real problem of the State Department. It is time for a limited US military action against North Korea Tillerson under pressure after the White House plan spills MORE (R-Ark.).
But administration officials have rejected those reports, saying there are no such plans and seeking to quell the speculation that Trump's relationship with Tillerson is on the rocks.
Trump himself gave confidence to Tillerson's future in the State Department in a tweet on Friday, saying that the secretary "does not leave" and that media reports suggest that they are "false news".
Tillerson also addressed the reports on Friday, calling them "laughable."
Still, Trump and Tillerson have sometimes clashed over key foreign policy issues, including the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate agreement.
Trump seemed to undermine his secretary of state in October, writing on Twitter that he had told him Tillerson does not waste time trying to negotiate with North Korea. That came after Tillerson suggested that the United States was trying to open a line of communication with Pyongyang.