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"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace reacted on "Outnumbered Overtime", saying it "sure does seem like Tillerson is on the way out" given that White House statement. Nauert added that Tillerson "serves at the pleasure of the president". Too much churn could fuel the perception of chaos in the Trump White House - perhaps one reason he has yet to pull the trigger.

In 10 months as America's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has found no world leader a greater challenge than the President of the United States.

Kelly Arnold, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, says Pompeo's time as director of the Central Intelligence Agency gives a good indication of what his approach to leading the State Department might be.

That followed a tweet by Trump a few days earlier that Tillerson should not waste his time by seeking negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear and missile program, widely seen as a sign of how the secretary of state had become marginalized.

Mr. Trump has been publicly frustrated with his top diplomat.

Observers across the political and foreign policy spectrum tend to view Tillerson as a failure at the State Department.




Buffeted by multiple reports that President Trump will replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in another of the top-level shakeups that have roiled the administration, the State Department struggled Thursday to portray business as usual.

While some intelligence officers say Pompeo tends to tell the president what he wants to hear rather than giving him their assessments, others say they have been impressed by his intellect, his willingness to listen and his advocacy of more robust covert operations. Still, Tillerson aides say he expects to remain in his role to see the overhaul through.

Tillerson has embittered many in the State Department by embracing the planned budget cut, failing to get top officials into key diplomatic jobs, relying on a handful of aides and keeping his distance from career diplomats.

When Tillerson in June called on Arab nations to ease their blockade on Qatar, Trump emerged in the Rose Garden hours later to lambaste Qatar for funding terrorism.

"So the question is not whether Pompeo can do the job but whether the president is going to let Pompeo do the job".

At a private dinner of foreign policy veterans last month, a senior White House official criticized Tillerson for failing to support the president's agenda, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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