The State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert, told the press Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “taking a little time off.”
When pressed for an explanation for the sudden absence, Nauert said Tillerson “does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own.”
The former Fox News host tried to smooth the situation over by saying, “He’s just taking a little time off.” The press, which was skeptical with her excuse, was going off the news that Tillerson is upset with the Trump administration. The former Exxon-Mobil CEO isn’t happy about Trump’s verbal abuse of AG Jeff Sessions, reported CNN on Monday evening.
Nauert continued, “He’s got a lot of work. He just came back from that mega-trip overseas, as you all well know — many of you were over there with the G-20.”
Nauert was asked why she didn’t say Tillerson was out on vacation? She played defense by saying she didn’t know the standard protocol for listing private days.
A foreign-affairs correspondent later tweeted that Tillerson had “GTT — Gone to Texas,” adding that he was “fine and he’s working 20 hour days, but just not in DC.”
Am told that SecState Tillerson is GTT — Gone to Texas. He's fine and he's working 20 hour days, but just not in D.C.
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) July 25, 2017
During CNN’s report on Monday, accusations were made stating Tillerson is considering leaving the State Department. CNN is calling it “Rexit.”
Last night, Dennis Michael Lynch wrote an op-ed which highlighted the current shake up in the White House. “If Trump loses Sessions and Tillerson it’s going to be really bad. I’m not sure if the administration will recover in time for 2018. I’m not sure they recover at all.”
UPDATE: Fox News is now reporting Tillerson is expected to return Wednesday.
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