Tillerson resignation rumors 'false،' State Department says

Still, Nauert asserted that Tillerson intends to return to work soon, and remains committed to his job.

CNN said that among Tillerson's growing differences with the White House were fresh debates over Iran policy and personnel, as well as President Donald Trump's chaotic and confusing foreign policy approach.

Tillerson has reportedly had an icy relationship with Trump and the White House since he became secretary of state.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be "taking a little time off" amid rumors of a rift with President Donald Trump and a staffing shortage at the State Department, as well as several crises overseas.

Her remarks came after reporters mentioned rumors that Tillerson is increasingly frustrated with the White House. Nauert said that Trump addressed the Boy Scouts Jamboree at Tillerson's invitation، but the secretary could not attend. Trump also has sided with Saudi Arabia in its feud with Qatar even as Tillerson has sought to mediate the dispute between the two U.S. allies.

"That is false،" spokesperson Heather Nauert said when asked about the rumors at the department's briefing Tuesday.


When Nauert was asked why Tillerson's time off was not being directly referred to as a vacation, she said she was unsure what language was typically used for such absences. Tillerson's job status has been the subject of much speculation this week in Washington following a report from CNN. "We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us".

The sources acknowledged that Tillerson could have been venting after a tough week, but his frustration is just the latest in a long list of times he has butted heads with the president and his administration.

He's deeply engaged in that work، ABC News reported.



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