Tillerson resignation rumors 'false،' State Department says

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is knocking down a flurry of speculation that he is unhappy in his job and may soon quit.

"I'm not going anywhere", Tillerson said on Wednesday after being questioned about his commitment to staying in his position, CNBC reported.

When asked how his relationship with Trump was, he said: "It's good".

The rumors of a pending "Rexit" were first spread around by CNN last week, when the network cited sources out of the White House in claiming that the top USA diplomat was frustrated with Trump's different viewpoints on important foreign policy matters.

"The Secretary has been very clear he intends to stay here at the State Department", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a briefing Tuesday.




Tillerson's absence coincides with a number of reports hinting at growing tension between the secretary of state and the president.

The State Department had previously denied the rumors, but Tillerson's remarks to reporters at the department were the first to address them directly. Trump also has sided with Saudi Arabia in its feud with Qatar even as Tillerson has sought to mediate the dispute between the two U.S. allies.

Tillerson is also reportedly upset about Trump's increasingly public feud with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reportedly calling the president's comments about Sessions unprofessional - leading some to speculate Tillerson himself might be the next member of Trump's staff to resign. "If that's what they want to do, fine: Someone will fix in a couple years, but in the meantime we're going to lose a lot of ground".

"He just came back from that mega trip overseas", she added, referring to a trip that took Mr Tillerson to the Group of 20 summit in Germany, as well as to Turkey, Ukraine and Gulf countries.

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