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Reports of tentative plan to replace Secretary of State Tillerson

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP Photo) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (AP Photo)
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) -

White House officials have said there is a plan being discussed to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to the Associated Press and several other news agencies.

The timeline to act on this plan is not well defined, CNN is reporting the actions would be taken within the next few months, but there is no official decision on the timing.

The vacancy at the CIA would then likely be filled, according to the tentative plan, by Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, the sources reportedly told CNN. Multiple government sources have said to different news agencies that Pompeo is the leading candidate to take over at the State Department.

Thursday morning, The New York Times reported the plan is being developed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and is likely to be triggered either late this year or early 2018.

We will continue to track developments as the situation progresses.  

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