Wallace on Reports of Rex Tillerson's Exit: 'Seems Like an Odd Way to Run an Administration'
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to leave his post in January, sources told Fox News, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo being eyed to take his place.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would then be tapped to head up the CIA, according to reports. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tillerson "is here" and there are "no personnel announcements to be made at this time."Article continues below
"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace reacted on "Outnumbered Overtime," saying it "sure does seem like Tillerson is on the way out" given that White House statement.
Wallace questioned why the reported plan calls for Tillerson to stay until late January, adding the secretary is scheduled to make a trip to Europe next week to meet with key U.S. allies.
"Is this a dead man walking? It seems like an odd way to run an administration to put a story out there that seems to imply that Tillerson is on borrowed time, but we're gonna keep him in the job for two months," said Wallace.
Wallace pointed back to an interview over the summer in which he asked Tillerson about Trump's controversial response to the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rallies.
Tillerson answered that "the president speaks for himself." A few weeks later, Tillerson voiced his support for the president after a report claimed that he had called Trump a "moron" after a meeting on Afghanistan.
"There has been a kind of Cold War going on between these two," Wallace noted, adding there has seemed to be a rift between Trump and Tillerson on handling North Korea.
Trump has continually tweeted his doubts about a diplomatic solution to the problem, including today.
The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Watch the full segment above.