Administration

Tillerson on Haley rumors: We have a secretary of State and 'I think he's planning to hang around'

Tillerson on Haley rumors: We have a secretary of State and 'I think he's planning to hang around'

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE on Friday dismissed rumors that he will be replaced by United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyUS rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees MORE, saying in an interview that he's planning to "hang around."

Asked by ABC News's David Muir whether rumors that he was planning on exiting the Trump administration were true, Tillerson replied that "we have a secretary of state currently, and I think he's planning to hang around."

Haley was asked directly on Thursday whether she was interested in the top State Department job in Trump's administration.

"No, I do not," Haley responded.

"I’m trying to be responsible in my job, and I’m trying to make sure I inform the American people everything that I know," she said. "That’s what I’m trying to do, and I’m trying to serve the president of this country the best I can."

ADVERTISEMENT

The U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina governor revealed earlier this month that she told President Trump he "could find someone better" when he approached her about the secretary of State position last year.

“I’m very aware of when things are right and when they are not,” Haley told CNN in early September. “I just thought he could find someone better.”

Trump winded up nominating Tillerson, who was the CEO of Exxon Mobil at the time.