Tillerson's time away from Washington also comes at a precarious time for worldwide relations.
The rumors of a pending "Rexit" were first spread around by CNN last week, when the network cited sources out of the White House in claiming that the top United States diplomat was frustrated with Trump's different viewpoints on important foreign policy matters. "At a time when the world is more interconnected than ever and we face constant cyber threats from state actors, it is vital that we retain a high-level diplomatic role to report directly to the Secretary on global cybersecurity". The department said he was away from work to take some time off after a "mega-trip overseas".
"He does، however، serve at the pleasure of the president، just as any Cabinet official،" she added، in what could be taken as a nod to the president's open criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and speculation that he might resign، too.
There have been signs that Tillerson's heart is not entirely into the job, according to Vice News, including cutting short a trip to South Korea in March due to "fatigue", skipping an annual press conference on the State Department's human rights report, and isolating himself from dealing with anyone except for two trusted aides, who shield him from others.
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"He's got a lot of work", Nauert said. They are appalled and alarmed the president could do this to loyal supporter like Sessions.
Before last week, Tillerson had strongly maintained he would see through his task of reorganizing the entire State Department after Trump's March budget proposal laid out plans to cut $10 billion from its roughly $47 billion in funding. And according to one count, only five have been nominated or selected for the remaining positions. India is among those still without a full-fledged ambassador.
Staffing problems have led to at least one heated exchange between Tillerson and director of presidential personnel, Johnny DeStefano, at the White House in the presence senior officials such as senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff Reince Priebus. Just hours after Tillerson made a very public appeal for an end to the blockade of Qatar in June, Trump came out against Qatar calling it a "funder of terrorism, and at a very high level".