dglobalnews.com US Secretary of State Tillerson quashes resignation rumors
Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

US Secretary of State Tillerson quashes resignation rumors

US Secretary of State Tillerson quashes resignation rumors

Speculation about Tillerson's status was further fuelled after the State Department said Tuesday he had taken time off. Tillerson returned to his home in Texas for a couple of days but was back in the office by Wednesday.

Tillerson has reportedly had an icy relationship with Trump and the White House since he became secretary of state.

. "At a time when the world is more interconnected than ever and we face constant cyber threats from state actors, it is vital that we retain a high-level diplomatic role to report directly to the Secretary on global cybersecurity".

Nauert flatly denied the secretary is thinking about quitting, saying Tillerson recognizes that "we have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us..."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the delegation photo with leaders from the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS, at the State Department on March 22. They are appalled and alarmed the president could do this to loyal supporter like Sessions.

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Tillerson's friends outside Washington D.C. say he plans to stay at the State Department through the holidays so he can walk away with a year in the cabinet under his belt, CNN reported Monday.

Last Thursday، he met with the president، Defense Secretary James Mattis، Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and other top officials at the Pentagon، before briefing members of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill; meanwhile، his public schedule listed only "meetings and briefings" at the State Department.

Even the naming of ambassadors has been slow - only 30 have been named for a total of 188 positions, according to a report. Rich Verma, the last one, was again a political appointee by the previous administration. Just hours after Tillerson made a very public appeal for an end to the blockade of Qatar in June, Trump came out against Qatar calling it a "funder of terrorism, and at a very high level".

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