U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) participates in a photo op with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (L) at the State Department December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
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The officials said the president's top pick for replacing Tillerson is CIA Director Mike Pompeo.Tillerson was slated to join Trump's meeting with 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.Word of Tillerson's likely ouster, first reported by the New York Times, loomed awkwardly over an Oval Office meeting Thursday between Trump and the visiting Bahraini crown prince. Asked by a reporter whether he wanted Tillerson to stay on the job, Trump was coy, merely pointing out that Tillerson was in fact in the building. After a report last month that Tillerson had called the president a "moron," Tillerson appeared before cameras at the State Department to pledge fealty to his boss.Divisions on key foreign policy issues emerged quickly, and Trump has repeatedly undermined Tillerson by voicing positions at odds with those the State Department was pushing.
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