Representatives urge Secretary Tillerson not to close cybersecurity office

Michele Moreno
July 28, 2017

Tillerson, the sources said, viewed Trump's comments as unprofessional. Reporters only learned of his absence after inquiring why his schedule for the upcoming week was blank.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the delegation photo with leaders from the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS, at the State Department on March 22.

"He's just taking a little time off".

"He's had a lot of work".

"So, he's entitled to take a few days himself".

Upon making the announcement, the department's spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, refused to directly address the rumors and only told reporters that the decision-making process at the White House involved many advisers "who may not agree on different situations". Trump also has sided with Saudi Arabia in its feud with Qatar even as Tillerson has sought to mediate the dispute between the two United States allies. While Tillerson worked to mediate the dispute, Trump took to Twitter, slamming Qatar and seemingly contradicting his secretary of state's overtures.

Washington has been buzzing with rumors since the beginning of the week that Tillerson will soon leave his post due to frustration with Trump and others in the White House.

"He does, however, serve at the pleasure of the president just as any Cabinet official would", she added.

Sources told CNN that Tillerson was especially bothered by Trump's decision to attack Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsScaramucci fast accruing power in White House The Memo: Justice Department veterans reeling over Sessions drama Trump's attacks stun Republican senators MORE on Twitter over his decision to recuse himself from the ongoing probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Tillerson's job status has been the subject of much speculation this week in Washington following a report from CNN.

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