Relations between President Trump and the senior member of his Cabinet - the former CEO of Exxon Mobil - have been strained nearly from the start. Shortly after Tillerson announced that the us was in diplomatic contact with Pyongyang, Mr. Trump tweeted that "he is wasting his time".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has had a troubled year at the State Department, his attempts to improve the department met with scorn from other top officials, and his talk of diplomacy undercut, often very publicly, by the president.
In October, Tillerson shot down a report that said he had been on the verge of resigning from his Cabinet position over the summer.
Tillerson's likely ouster loomed awkwardly over an Oval Office meeting Thursday between Trump and the visiting Bahraini crown prince.
Ryan has had a confrontational relationship with the Trump communications team from the beginning, first with former press secretary Sean Spicer, and now with Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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"There has been a kind of Cold War going on between these two", Wallace noted, adding there has seemed to be a rift between Trump and Tillerson on handling North Korea. "Perfect" is widely reported to be behind some of the most egregious mistakes of Trump's presidency so far, including the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and Trump's decision to back the doomed Alabama primary candidacy of Sen.
Tillerson answered that "the president speaks for himself".
"The succession thing to me is just chatter at the moment", they said. The senator has advised Trump on issues like the Iran nuclear deal and immigration.
Tensions have also run high between Tillerson and veteran diplomats who oppose his proposed staff and budget cuts.