Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dismisses reports he’ll be ousted – Orange County Register

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a media opportunity with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the State Department on, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Tillerson is dismissing as “laughable” reports that the White House is trying to get rid of him. Tillerson was asked about the reports during a photo-op with the visiting Libyan prime minister. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday brushed off reports that the White House wants him out, calling the idea “laughable” as he carried on with his a diplomatic schedule amid a swirl of speculation about his future.

“It’s laughable. It’s laughable,” Tillerson told reporters when asked about comments by senior U.S. officials a day earlier, who said President Donald Trump is considering pushing out his top diplomat. The officials said the president’s top pick for replacing Tillerson is CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Tillerson’s brief retort came as he met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the State Department.

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