Tillerson says reports Trump wants him out ‘laughable’
The relationship between the president and his top diplomat has been dogged for months by reports of a rift.
On Thursday, these came to a head when several US media outlets citing White House sources predicted Tillerson’s resignation.
Asked by reporters whether leaks from the White House were designed to force him out, Tillerson said: “It’s laughable.”
The White House did little to downplay the reports, but a State Department spokeswoman insisted Tillerson’s position was safe.
On Friday, Tillerson himself brushed off the challenge at a photo call with Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez Serraj.
Later, he was due to see Trump at the White House for talks with Serraj and lunch with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
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