Tillerson says last day at State will be March 31

Tillerson says last day at State will be March 31
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Memo: Putin furor sparks new questions on Kelly’s future US 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 MORE said Tuesday that he will remain at the State Department until the end of the month.

Speaking at a department press briefing hours after his surprise firing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE, Tillerson said that his commission as the nation's top diplomat would terminate at midnight on March 31. 

Until then, he said, he would delegate his responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the end of the day Tuesday.

Tillerson did not mention Trump at all during the briefing and did not take any questions from reporters.

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He planned to meet with staffers later Tuesday to thank them for their work. 

Trump announced abruptly on Tuesday morning that he would nominate CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress MORE as his new secretary of State, ending a rocky tenure at the department for Tillerson.

Tillerson said at the briefing that he was committed to ensuring an "orderly and smooth" transition as he prepares to leave the department.