State Department: Tillerson Not Resigning, ‘Just Taking a Little Time Off’

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Contrary to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be resigning due to difficulties with the White House, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that Tillerson is only traveling.

"Just taking a little time off. He just came back from that mega-trip overseas, as you all well know," Nauert said. "So he's entitled to take a few days himself."

Reporters asked Nauert if there was any validity to the claims that Tillerson was considering resigning. She said that Tillerson has meetings scheduled for later in the week and that there was no such talk of resignation.

"We have spoken with the secretary. The secretary has been very clear he intends to stay here at the State Department," Nauert said. "We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us. He recognizes that. He's deeply engaged in that work."

"The secretary has been very clear he intends to stay at the State Department," Nauert added.

Nauert reminded reporters that as a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, he serves at the pleasure of the president and said how everyone likes to report on "palace intrigue stories."