Axios is reporting that Mike Pompeo, currently the director of the CIA, may be set to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Tillerson became embroiled in controversy this week after reports surfaced that he had referred to President Trump as a “moron” and had threatened to resign earlier this year.
Per the report, Pompeo, who was a Republican congressman from Kansas before taking the lead at the CIA, and the president have a good relationship and the Trump trusts Pompeo. The CIA director briefs the president daily and Trump has asked his opinion on numerous issues.
Trump’s relationship with Tillerson has reportedly been strained. Over the weekend, the president shocked observers by undermining the Secretary of State’s efforts at diplomacy with North Korea in a series of tweets.
There has been no word of when Tillerson’s departure might be announced, but the White House has traditionally fired staffers on Friday. A week ago, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had used taxpayer funds to pay for charter airplane flights.
The Resurgent’s Susan Wright speculated this morning that Pompeo might soon be tapped to replace Tillerson.