President Trump's administration intends to force Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave his job within the next several weeks and replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing senior administration officials.
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, would replace Pompeo at the CIA, according to the White House plan as reported by the Times.
Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.
It isn't clear whether the president has approved the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department, the Times reported.
Tillerson, the former head of oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) , has had a controversial term in the nation's top diplomatic post, and has been largely marginalized over the last year. The secretary of state was reported to have privately called Trump a "moron" and the president publicly criticized Tillerson for "wasting his time" with a diplomatic outreach to North Korea.
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