Tillerson: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Tillerson has had some tension with the White House over staffing at the State Department and his independence to make decisions about the nation's foreign policy agency، senior administration officials told ABC News.

Following reports that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to close the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI), a group of U.S. representatives sent him a letter urging him not to do so.

Washington has been buzzing with rumors since the beginning of the week that Tillerson will soon leave his post due to frustration with Trump and others in the White House. Nauert said that Trump addressed the Boy Scouts Jamboree at Tillerson's invitation، but the secretary could not attend.

Talk of Tillerson's departure comes as President Trump openly feuds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Pressed about Mr Tillerson's light schedule in recent days, Ms Nauert said he was "just taking a little time off".

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On Wednesday, Tillerson sought to dispel those rumors, telling reporters he has a "good" relationship with the president.

"So, he's entitled to take a few days himself". Clashes over policy with White House advisers have also loomed large, particularly concerning Trump's efforts to ban refugees from the United States.

The difference of opinion has been most evident in Trump and Tillerson's views on the ongoing diplomatic fallout between the Saudi Arabia and Qatar. "If that's what they want to do, fine: Someone will fix in a couple years, but in the meantime we're going to lose a lot of ground".

"He just came back from that mega trip overseas, as you all well know", the spokeswoman added, referring to a trip that took Tillerson to the G20 summit in Germany, as well as to Turkey, Ukraine and Gulf countries. "He recognizes that. He's deeply engaged in that work".

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