Tillerson on reports of ouster: 'It's laughable'

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE on Friday dismissed reports that the White House has hatched a plan to force him out. 

"It's laughable," he told reporters.
 
Tillerson spoke during a meeting with Libya's prime minister at the State Department. 
 
Tillerson grinned at a reporter who asked the question and waved his hands as if to brush it aside before leaving the room with the prime minister. 
 
It’s the secretary of State’s first comments since multiple news outlets reported Thursday the White House is considering ousting him and replacing him with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: Talks with North Korea on returning war dead ‘productive and cooperative’ Trump: Why isn’t ‘fake news’ talking about North Korea? Trump’s arms export rules will undermine US security and risk human rights abuses MORE in the coming weeks. 
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They are an indication Tillerson plans to try and fight for his job rather than resign — at least for now. 
 
The reports, which were attributed to high-ranking White House sources, appeared to be a coordinated effort to shame the former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO into quitting.
 
President Trump and his aides did little on Thursday to bat down the reports. When asked about the plan, the president simply replied: “Rex is here.”
 
 
News of the plan was the latest humiliation for Tillerson, who has frequently clashed with Trump over policy and personnel.
 
Pompeo, on the other hand, is seen as one of the most loyal members of the Trump administration and someone who has formed a close relationship with the president through their daily intelligence briefings. 
Updated at 10:45 a.m.