Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering a “Rexit,” CNN reported on Monday.
The former Exxon Mobil CEO has apparently become increasingly troubled by the Trump administration, most recently by President Donald Trump’s comments regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In an interview with the New York Times last week the president criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged Russia ties. Tillerson reportedly found the remarks “unprofessional,” according to CNN.
The reports of Tillerson’s possible pending departure come on the heels of a turbulent week in the Trump administration. Last week Tillerson was found to have violated U.S. sanctions when Exxon signed contracts with a Russian oil magnate during his tenure as CEO—a revelation that led to calls for him to resign. The shakeup of the White House’s communications department also drew attention when Sean Spicer stepped down as press secretary on Friday and hedge fund owner Anthony Scaramucci was installed in the department’s top job.
Tillerson’s frustrations have reportedly been growing for months. He has quarreled with the White House on hiring decisions in the State Department and was not consulted before Trump issued major announcements concerning State-related issues, including the travel ban and a warning to the Syrian regime about the use of chemical weapons.
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