President Donald Trump vehemently denied Friday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could leave the job soon, saying he and his top diplomat “work well together.”
Trump’s tweet of support for Tillerson followed a lunch that both men attended along with Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Earlier in the day, Tillerson, the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive, called reports about his possible departure “laughable.”
Trump on Friday said he and Tillerson have a good working relationship but noted that he has the “final” say in foreign policy decisions.
On Thursday, multiple news outlets reported that the White House has a plan to oust Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The change could take place within several weeks, The New York Times reported, though the newspaper noted that it was unclear if Trump signed off on it.
“He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!” Trump wrote.
Reports for months have painted a picture of a tense working relationship between the president and his top diplomat. In October,
On Thursday, the State Department said Tillerson would continue with his scheduled duties.