State Department: No 'Rexit,' but He Is Taking Time Off
Spokesperson denies reports he's planning to exit his post
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2017 8:55 AM CDT
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – A State Department spokesperson continues to push back against reports that Rex Tillerson has plans to exit the Trump administration. But in doing so, she made a point to say that he serves "at the pleasure of the president," reports the Hill. Tillerson himself hasn't responded to multiple reports that he's gotten so fed up he intends to leave before the year is out. He is currently "taking a little time off" after overseas trips, says the spokesperson.

In response to the reports of a "Rexit," she added, "The secretary has been very clear he intends to stay here at the State Department." While Tillerson has clashed with superiors on policies ranging from Iran to staffing to the president's travel ban, USA Today notes that he's also probably not thrilled with Trump's recent speech to the Boy Scouts, which critics have derided as being too political for kids. Tillerson himself is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and a former national president of the group.

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