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‘Laughable’: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dismisses reports he’ll be ousted

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By The Associated Press

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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Tillerson was scheduled to join Trump’s meeting with al-Sarraj at the White House later Friday, and then have lunch with the president and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Mattis is a Tillerson ally within Trump’s often fractious Cabinet who declared Thursday there was “nothing to” the reports of Tillerson’s imminent demise.

Alongside al-Sarraj, Tillerson smiled and tried to […]    

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