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 TillersonHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job Trump administration’s top European diplomat to resign in February Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Sean Spicer joins 'Extra' as 'special DC correspondent' Trump, Pompeo: Alabama woman who joined ISIS cannot return to US 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.