The New York Times reports:
The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.
Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan. Mr. Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.
It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Mr. Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department. John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials.
The Trump administration has successfully gotten me to change my tune on Rex Tillerson. He may be the worst SecState in history. But he should stay if the alternative is Tom Cotton running the CIA
— Ilan Goldenberg (@ilangoldenberg) November 30, 2017
Rex Tillerson out at state, Mike Pompeo incoming.
Tillerson is well known for calling Trump a moron, so he's being replaced by someone less willing to speak the truth.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) November 30, 2017
Rex Tillerson's departure would mark the shortest service of any secretary of state whose tenure was not ended by a change in presidents in nearly 120 years. https://t.co/2afWzsgLTP pic.twitter.com/LC7bZz2zcU
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 30, 2017
Senator Tom Cotton reportedly lined up to replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is said to be ready to replace Rex Tillerson as SecState
Would be unprecedented if Cotton takes over at CIA—
No former senator has EVER led the Agencyhttps://t.co/s9uHrZ3ga7
— David Priess (@DavidPriess) November 30, 2017
BREAKING: NYT reports White House plans to fire Rex Tillerson https://t.co/PpfqnLzut8
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 30, 2017