White House downplays Trump's meeting with John Bolton

The White House on Thursday downplayed speculation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE could be eyeing former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton for a position in his administration. 

Bolton is scheduled to meet with Trump later Thursday, days after news reports surfaced the White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonNorth America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump Trump, Tillerson pledged to ease travel ban to win World Cup bid State Dept recognizes LGBTI Month while White House doesn’t MORE

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Bolton is simply “a friend of the president” and described the meeting as “nothing more than a check in and a friendly visit.”

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News reports last week indicated that the White House is looking to replace Tillerson, with whom Trump has frequently clashed, with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo speaks with Canadian foreign minister after tensions at G-7 Summit Singapore Summit a cause for optimism, however we must remain vigilant and show strength against Kim Trump wanted to move up North Korea summit at the last minute: report MORE.

Bolton was considered for several high-ranking posts during the presidential transition but ultimately did not take a job.