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 four China strategies Trump or Biden will need to consider Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet How the US could respond to Russia's support of the Taliban 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 TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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: Esper confirms plans to drop below 5,000 troops in Afghanistan | State Department says it's cleared of wrongdoing in emergency arms sales before investigation's release State says it will be cleared by watchdog report US 'deeply concerned' over election in Belarus 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.