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 TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump 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 TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws 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 PompeoPompeo: Trump likely to meet with Putin in 'not-too-distant future' A path to victory for Trump on Iran Israel scales back work with UN Human Rights Council after US exit 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.