Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to resign in January, sources told Fox News on Thursday. The move is the result of a growing tension reported between Tillerson and President Trump.
Mike Pompeo, the current director of the CIA, could be hired to replace Tillerson, according to the sources as well. As a result, Republican Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, may be nominated to replace Mike Pompeo as the next head of the intelligence agency.
Here is a look at Cotton before his possible move.
Who is Tom Cotton?
Tom Cotton is the election of the director of the CIA rumored by Trump. He could become the youngest leader of the intelligence agency.
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Cotton, who is currently the youngest senator in the United States at just 40, grew up on his family's cattle farm in Yell County, Arkansas. After graduating from high school, he attended Harvard and then Harvard Law School, according to his website.
After working for the US Court of Appeals. UU And a private law firm, Cotton joined the US Army. UU As an infantry officer in the light of the September 11 attacks. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, according to his website, and then in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. In general, Cotton served almost five years on active duty in the United States Army.
Between his two tours, he also served with The Old Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery. He has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and a Ranger Token.
Tom has two children, Gabriel and Daniel, with his wife Anna.
What kind of experience does Cotton have?
After leaving the military in 2009, Cotton worked at management consulting firm McKinsey and Company. A few years later, Cotton served a term in the US House of Representatives. UU Between 2013 and 2015, where he represented the fourth congressional district of Arkansas.
Cotton was backed by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain when he decided to run for the chair in the House.
In 2014, Cotton was elected senator, replacing incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor.
Currently, the Cotton Senate committee membership includes the Banking Committee, where it chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee. He also serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.
What is Cotton's relationship with Trump?
Cotton has been an advocate for Trump in the Senate. He supported Trump's views on Iran's nuclear deal and, like the president, is in favor of tougher immigration laws and policies. He also defended the promise of Trump's campaign to return to the submarine, arguing that the method is not "torture".
Trump also praised Cotton for the way he handles television interviews and deals with the press, Daily Beast reported.  WHO IS REX TILLERSON?
"Senator Tom Cotton was excellent at Meet the Press yesterday, despite a totally unilateral interview with Chuck Todd, the end result was solid!" Trump tweeted in July 2016.
Which Has the reaction to Cotton's potential movement been?
Critics argue that cotton is too inexperienced or does not have enough relevant experience to run the nation's best intelligence agency. If he becomes a director, Cotton would become the youngest person to run the CIA.
In fact, "he is incredibly badytical, immersed in world affairs and has many good relationships" Jeremy Bash, the former head of the agency's staff under Leon E. Panetta, told the New York Times.
But what is not so clear, "it's how I would click with the White House and the rest of the intelligence community, and if he would be ready or not to give up the role of a politician, he really should be prepared to park their political opinions at the doors of Langley, "Bash added.
But Cotton's supporters say that a change to the CIA would be a good opportunity for the rising political star who can decide a presidential career in the future.
"The Senate is a horrible place, who would want to spend his life there? Six years ago, he was a boy looking for a job and he ran for a seat in the House." People who are CIA chiefs have a record of being candidates for the vice presidency and they will serve as presidents, "Cotton's ally told Politico.
George HW Bush served as head of the CIA before becoming vice president and then president.
Cotton has refused to answer questions directly about the nomination. In a statement to Fox News, Cotton's director of communications, Caroline Tabler, said Cotton's focus is serving Arkansans in the Senate.
Madeline Farber is a reporter for Fox News. you can follow it on Twitter  59022] @MaddieFarberUDK.