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Tillerson: 'I Intend to Be Here for the Whole Year'

Tillerson: 'I Intend to Be Here for the Whole Year'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:25 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday told CNN he looks forward to having a “very, very successful 2018,” comments that come after reports surfaced of his tenuous relationship with President Donald Trump and end-of-year rumors he was leaving.

"We had a very successful — in my view — year 2017, pivoting our policies and helping our partners understand those policies," Tillerson told CNN's Elise Labott in a wide-ranging interview. "We're now into the implementation and execution against those policies."

"I think we're going to have a very productive 2018," he added. "The State Department gets stronger every day, understand what we're trying to do. And I look forward to having a very, very successful 2018."

When asked whether he would be around, he said: "I intend to be here for the whole year."

Tillerson’s relationship with Trump has proved fraught and he has long been rumored to be on the way out. Both Trump and Tillerson have publicly denied he is leaving.

Figuring out the best way to communicate with Trump is something Tillerson said he is working on.

"I'm here to serve his presidency, so I've had to spend a lot of time understanding how to best communicate with him so I can serve his needs with information," he said. 

"I do think one of my roles is to always give him all sides of the issues even when I know it's not the side that he really wants to consider," he added. "I think it's part of making good decisions that I know he at least has had visibility to all aspects of the decision he's about to make."

Tillerson in the interview also declared he never had any reason to question Trump’s mental fitness in the aftermath of a bombshell book that cited White House aides questioning the president’s ability to serve.

"I've never questioned his mental fitness, I've had no reason to question his mental fitness," Tillerson said.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday told CNN he looks forward to having a "very, very successful 2018," comments that come after reports surfaced of his tenuous relationship with President Donald Trump and end-of-year rumors he was leaving.
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