Trump calls reports of Tillerson’s ouster ‘fake news’

Trump calls reports of Tillerson’s ouster ‘fake news’

President Trump on Friday forcefully denied reports he’s preparing to push out Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank MORE as secretary of State, saying “he’s not leaving.”

“The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon - FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!” he tweeted.

Trump's tweet comes a day after multiple reports that Tillerson, who has frequently clashed with Trump as secretary of State, would soon be pushed out. 

Trump’s initially did little to bat down the reports, telling reporters Thursday simply that “Rex is here.”
 

Under the reported plan, Tillerson would be pushed out and replaced with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions MORE. Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonAsian caucus urges fellow lawmakers not to 'perpetuate racist stereotypes' amid coronavirus fears Overnight Defense: More closures possible at US bases in Europe as coronavirus spreads | Pompeo says Afghan 'reduction in violence is working' | Man accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon Top general: More closures at US bases in Europe possible as coronavirus spreads MORE (R-Ark.) would reportedly replace Pompeo at the CIA under the plan, which was reportedly created by White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Tillerson and Trump have frequently been at odds, with Tillerson reportedly saying after one exchange that Trump was a "moron." After Tillerson's remark was reported, the feud became even more pronounced, with Trump challenging Tillerson to an IQ test.

Tillerson has also been under fire for his leadership of the department, which has suffered from low morale, organizational confusion and unfilled appointments under Tillerson.