White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said Rex Tillerson will remain as the US secretary of state, but refused to say whether President Donald Trump has still confidence in Tillerson.
Sanders made the remarks during a news conference on Thursday after multiple news outlets reported the White House has prepared a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a Trump loyalist and foreign policy hard-liner.
Sanders was asked repeatedly if Tillerson still enjoys Trump’s backing in response to the reports of a staff shake up.
“When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve in the capacity that they’re in,” Sanders replied.
She said the president and the secretary of state are “continuing to work together to close out what we’ve seen to be an incredible year.”
“I think his future right now is to continue working hard as the secretary of State, continue working with the…