Tillerson, an ex-ExxonMobil executive, delivered a long address in support of Europe. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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BRUSSELS/BERLIN: On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an "ironclad" promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies.U.S. officials said Thursday the White House had a plan for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson but Trump said Friday he was not leaving and the secretary of state said Saturday that the reports were untrue.Early last week, Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil chief executive, delivered a long address in support of Europe in Washington more akin to traditional U.S. policy.Despite Tillerson's pledge to reform the U.S. foreign service, European governments take a dim view of how he has sought to cut costs at the State Department, with top diplomatic posts unfilled almost a year into the administration.There is hope that if Pompeo is appointed he could rejuvenate the State Department after Tillerson, who is seen as ineffective, diplomats said.
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