According to an explosive new report, Rex Tillerson is becoming increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and is looking to resign from his current role as Secretary of State.
Several anonymous sources reportedly told CNN that Tillerson has said he’ll remain at his post until at least the end of the year, although he could resign earlier than that.
Referring to Tillerson’s potential resignation as “Rexit,” CNN characterized the revelation as part of a “chill across the executive branch” which was the result of the White House staff shakeup “which saw President Trump overruling top advisers to hire Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, and the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer.”
One thing that allegedly bothered Tillerson was Trump’s public rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which Tillerson felt was “unprofessional.”
In a tweet this Monday, Trump referred to Sessions as “beleaguered” and has reportedly discussed replacing him with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But as Axios points out, Giuliani “was such an early and ardent Trump backer that he wouldn’t be seen as an independent guardian of the department in these tumultuous times.”
Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel. His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times. But friends sense a change of late.
If Tillerson’s exit comes to pass, it would be another addition to the White House’s recent massive shakeup, which started with Sean Spicer’s resignation as White House Press Secretary in response to the hiring of former Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
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