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 TillersonTillerson meets with House Foreign Affairs Committee Overnight Defense: Trump rails against media coverage | Calls reporting on Iran tensions 'highly inaccurate' | GOP senator blocking Trump pick for Turkey ambassador | Defense bill markup next week Trump frustrated with advisers over Iran, wants to speak to leaders in Tehran: report 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 John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE fired Tillerson via tweet on March 13. He appointed CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Pentagon to present White House with plans to deploy up to 10K troops to Middle East: report Senate panel rejects requiring Congress sign off before Iran strike MORE to replace him if he is confirmed by the Senate.

Updated: 2:55 p.m.