1. The plan was developed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and would see Tillerson ousted by "around the end of the year or shortly afterward," according to the newspaper.
  2. It was not immediately clear whether Pompeo had been approached about the possible Cabinet reshuffle, The Associated Press reported. An unidentified administration official told the news wire that Pompeo is open to taking the position.
  3. The Times reported that under the proposed plan, Pompeo would be replaced by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas.
  4. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that there were no personnel announcements Thursday and that Tillerson "continues to lead the State Department."
  5. A spokesman for Cotton told NBC News said only that the senator's "focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate."
  6. Multiple reports have indicated tension between Trump and Tillerson.
  7. The secretary of state held a news conference last month to deny an NBC News report that claimed Tillerson had nearly resigned from his post over the summer after Trump addressed the Boy Scouts of America with a divisive, political speech.
  8. Just days before Trump's speech, Tillerson was heard calling Trump a "moron," NBC News reported, citing three unidentified officials. Tillerson declined to speak about the reported name calling.
  9. “My commitment to my president and our country is strong,” Tillerson said in October. “I serve at the appointment of the president and I’m here for as long as the president believes I can be useful.”
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