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CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks at the FDD National Security Summit in Washington, October 19, 2017.
Reports for months have painted a picture of a tense working relationship between the president and his top diplomat. In October, NBC News reported that Tillerson considered leaving the job and called Trump a “moron” during the summer.
The secretary of State then delivered a remarkable, unscheduled statement in which he insisted he “never considered leaving.”
Tillerson, 65, joined the Trump administration after serving as chief executive of Exxon Mobil. He has overseen the Trump administration’s dramatic overhaul of the State Department, marked by budget cuts and unfilled jobs.
Pompeo, 53, served as a congressman from Kansas before heading the CIA.
Cotton, a 40-year-old Army veteran, first won his Senate seat in 2014. In a statement to CNBC, Cotton’s office said his “focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate.”
If the senator leaves office, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson would pick a successor to serve until the 2018 general elections.