Tillerson weighing exit from State Department

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

The sources say Tillerson was especially troubled by Trump's recent New York Times interview, in which he lamented hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last week Tillerson was found to have violated USA sanctions when Exxon signed contracts with a Russian oil magnate during his tenure as CEO-a revelation that led to calls for him to resign.

Rex Tillerson is apparently reconsidering his new job as Secretary of State, several anonymous sources told CNN over the weekend. Mr Trump said it was "unfair to the President" that Mr Sessions recused himself from any decisions related to the Russian Federation election meddling probe. Tillerson reportedly found the remarks "unprofessional", according to CNN. The shakeup of the White House's communications department also drew attention when Sean Spicer stepped down as press secretary on Friday and hedge fund owner Anthony Scaramucci was installed in the department's top job.

While, Trump accused Qatar of funding terrorism and called on the Persian Gulf country to stop supporting terrorist activities, Tillerson urged Riyadh and its regional allies to ease the blockade of Doha.

But politicians and oil tycoons have assured them that, despite their disappointment with the administration, Tillerson will not resign before the end of this year. "That would allow time to continue efforts to reorganize the State Department and would mean he could claim to have put in a year as America's top diplomat".

It's unclear what, among many possibilities, the primary reason would be for Tillerson to leave.

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