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State Dept website removes references to Tillerson

State Dept website removes references to Tillerson
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Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE has been removed from the State Department’s website.

A link labeled “Secretary of State Tillerson” at the top of the department’s homepage has disappeared and been replaced with a “Secretary of State” tab.

The link leads to a page about Tillerson’s temporary replacement, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, being sworn in on April 1. It shows a picture of Sullivan signing his appointment papers as deputy in 2017.

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Links that once led to Tillerson’s speeches, press releases and photo gallery were replaced by links to such information about Sullivan.

The Associated Press first reported the changes.

The AP noted that Tillerson’s biography on the site led to a “We’re sorry, that page can’t be found" until the State Department was notified of the message.

A State Department spokesperson later told The Hill the changes were in line with department protocol.

"As in the past, the website navigation and content was adjusted to reflect [Tillerson's departure.] Content related to the former Secretary was archived and content related to Deputy Secretary Sullivan reflects his new role as Acting Secretary," the spokesperson said.

"The time delay in archiving Secretary Tillerson’s content was due to a normal technological process, which isn’t instant. It is consistent with past transitions, was planned in advance accordingly and occurred in a timely manner."

President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE fired Tillerson via tweet on March 13. He appointed CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? MORE to replace him if he is confirmed by the Senate.

Updated: 2:55 p.m.