WASHINGTON (AP) Developments on Thursday, Nov. 30, about President Donald Trump’s national security team (all times Eastern Standard Time).
- 12:20 p.m.
Administration officials said Rex Tillerson was still leading the State Department.
That followed reports of discussions about a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in what would be a major shake-up of the president’s national security team.
Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said there were “no personnel announcements at this time.”
She said Tillerson was still leading the department, and the entire Cabinet was focused on completing President Trump’s first year in office.
Tillerson is the former Exxon Mobil CEO who has had tensions with President Trump in several foreign policy areas, as well as overwhelmingly negative publicity over plans to reorganize the State Department.
- 11:23 a.m.
Administration officials confirmed a plan was under discussion to replace Tillerson with Pompeo, and Pompeo with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who has been a staunch Trump ally who was first elected to the Senate in 2014.
“Senator Cotton’s focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate.” Sen. Cotton’s office stated.