Corker: Report of Tillerson ouster 'bogus'

Corker: Report of Tillerson ouster 'bogus'
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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet How the US could respond to Russia's support of the Taliban Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report MORE said a report in The New York Times that the White House has a plan to oust him is inaccurate, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Tenn.) said Thursday.

Corker, who called the report “bogus,” said he met with Tillerson for a lengthy meeting on Thursday, where the secretary of State disputed the report. He also predicted the White House would release a statement disputing it.

“It’s inaccurate,” he said. “The White House totally understands and is going to send out a statement.”


The Times reported Thursday that the White House has developed a plan to force Tillerson’s resignation and replace him with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE, who in turn would be replaced by Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonWells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones Public letter in Harper's sparks furor Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE (R-Ark.).

The plan was reportedly put together by White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Multiple news organizations have confirmed the Times report that a plan is in place.

Tillerson was at the White House for an event on Thursday, and President Trump, asked about the Cabinet member, didn't offer a definitive voice of support.

Trump ducked a direct question about whether Tillerson will be pushed out, saying "Rex is here."  

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement said there were no plans for changes in personnel "at this time."

Tillerson and Trump's relationship has been strained for some time. It was reported earlier this year that Tillerson described Trump as a "moron," which prompted the president to say he would defeat Tillerson in an IQ test. 

Corker and Trump also do not have a great relationship. Corker, who is not running for reelection next year, has ripped into the president this fall, harshly criticizing his handling of diplomacy.