Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that he would delegate his official duties to his deputy as of the end of the day and formally leave the State Department at the end of the month.
Tillerson told reporters that he spoke earlier in the day to
President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly "to
ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead." He said he would urge
other State Department officials to remain in their jobs.
"What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition
during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and
national security challenges," Tillerson said. "Between now and then, I
will address a few administrative matters related to my departure and
work towards a smooth and orderly transition for Secretary of
State-designate, Mike Pompeo."
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