President Donald Trump is looking to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in the coming weeks, according to The New York Times.
The Times reports that Trump has “soured” on Tillerson and “is ready to make a change at the State Department.” The pair's relationship has been strained in recent months, especially following a report that alleged that the secretary of state questioned Trump's intelligence, a claim Tillerson has yet to fully deny.
Senior administration officials told the Times on Thursday that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would replace Pompeo at the CIA and that Cotton has shown interest in the gig.
Pompeo replacing Tillerson had been rumored for weeks, and according to the report, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has worked up a transition plan that should happen around the end of the year.
Tillerson also was reportedly talked out of resigning earlier this year by Vice President Mike Pence. However, he's denied that such an exchange ever occurred.
“The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post,” Tillerson said during a press conference addressing the reports.
However, in the weeks following Tillerson's denial, more signs emerged that Trump's relationship with the secretary of state was on the rocks.