When Nauert was asked why Tillerson's time off was not being directly referred to as a vacation, she said she was unsure what language was typically used for such absences. "The secretary has been very clear: He intends to stay here at the State Department".
However, secretary of state spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tillerson is merely taking some personal time to be at this home in Texas after a grueling diplomatic trip overseas, and that there is nothing more to it than that.
Tillerson's proposal would make S/CCI a part of the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. "We have a lot of work that is left to be done ahead of us. He's deeply engaged in that work", The Hill reported.
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The Israeli army said the Palestinian had spoken of the Jerusalem holy site and of dying as a martyr in a Facebook post. The attacker was reportedly shot by a neighbor; his condition is unclear.
Reports of the alleged rift come as Trump turns on another member of his administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of his earliest supporters.
Tillerson's time away from Washington also comes at a precarious time for global relations.
The former ExxonMobil CEO's office said Tuesday that he was taking a few days off after a tasking travel schedule. "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".
Nauert also spoke to Tillerson's thoughts on Trump's politically charged speech to the Boy Scouts -- just three days after Tillerson's own.
Despite all the allegations, however, Tillerson said Wednesday that his relationship with Trump was "good".