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Rexit? Rex Tillerson 'to quit as Donald Trump's secretary of state before the end of the year'US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly disillusioned with President Donald Trump and could leave his administration before the end of the year, according to two sources who spoke to CNN. Mr Tillerson has found himself undermined by the president, who openly contradicts him and appears disinterested in the work of Mr Tillerson’s team of career diplomats at the state department. Friends of Mr Tillerson’s had previously believed he would ride out the rollercoaster at Foggy Bottom – home of the state department. But CNN on Monday reported that the friends had noticed “a change in tone,” and thought that he could well be planning on leaving Washington. Rex Tillerson at the state department on June 9 “His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times,” CNN reported.  “But friends sense a change of late. “Two sources who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity over the weekend said they would not be surprised if there was a ‘Rexit’ from Foggy Bottom sooner that that.” The 65-year-old Texan has made no secret of his struggle with the role. Reluctant in front of the camera, in his first interview he said he had only taken the job because his wife thought it was a good idea. The president has made his life harder by blocking a number of people Mr Tillerson wished to appoint, including  stopping the hiring of Elliott Abrams as Mr Tillerson’s second in command, because Mr Abrams was critical of Mr Trump and his policy positions during the 2016 campaign. The state department is described as a hollowed-out and demoralised institution under Mr Tillerson, who has failed to convince his boss that diplomacy is something to be prized. Mr Tillerson reportedly got involved in a heated argument about staffing, in which Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, reportedly called Mr Tillerson “unprofessional”. During his tirade, inside the office of chief of staff Reince Priebus, Mr Tillerson reportedly quarreled with the director of presidential personnel, Johnny DeStefano, and made clear he didn’t want the White House to “have any role in staffing.” Mr Tillerson has also been undermined on policy. Rex Tillerson with his Saudi counterpart He advocated remaining neutral during the Gulf dispute with Qatar, saying: “We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade.” Hours later, Mr Trump went against his position and openly backed Saudi Arabia. “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” said Mr Trump. “And in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behaviour.” Mr Tillerson unsuccessfully argued against Mr Trump pulling the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, and when asked whether he still wishes the US was part of the deal, he replied: “My views haven’t changed.” In June The New York Times spoke to three ambassadors – two in Europe, one in Asia – who said they were so muddled by the lack of leadership from the state department that they had taken to referring their inquiries to the national security council instead. Were Mr Tillerson to resign, he would be far from the shortest-tenured secretary of state. Elihu Washburne only served 11 days under Ulysses Grant, before being made ambassador to France. Profile | Rex Tillerson  

Donald Trump under fire for political speech at Boy Scouts event, as social media reminds president of valuesParents have expressed anger at a politically charged speech that Donald Trump delivered to tens of thousands of Boy Scouts on Monday.  The President was also reminded on social media of the organisation’s values, with many claiming Mr Trump had shown noticeably anti-Boy Scout behaviour. With his White House embroiled in investigations surrounding his campaign’s ties with Russia, Mr Trump flew to West Virginia to a field full of 40,000 chanting and cheering Boy Scouts, telling them he was happy to leave Washington behind. “Who the hell wants to speak about politics?” Mr Trump said, telling the boys at the National Scout Jamboree he wanted to talk about how to achieve their dreams. Donald Trump gestures as former boys scouts, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, watch at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree  Credit: AP But politics proved too hard for Trump to resist on a day he spent pleading for Republican senators to vote to advance his long-promised health care overhaul and watching his son-in-law Jared Kushner being grilled on Capitol Hill about contacts with Russia. “Tonight we put aside all of the policy fights in Washington, D.C. you’ve been hearing about with the fake news and all of that,” he told the teenaged boys, sitting state by state in brightly coloured t-shirts. “You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians and I see the swamp and it’s not a good place,” said Mr Trump. Scouts and their leaders listen to President Donald Trump  Credit: AP “In fact, today I said we ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to the word ‘cesspool’ or perhaps to the word ‘sewer.’ It’s not good. I see what’s going on and believe me, I’d much rather be with you, that I can tell you,” Mr Trump said. He told the boys that the media were dishonest and would not show the size of their jamboree on television. “Fake media, fake media,” Mr Trump said, drawing a chorus of boos and cheers. The most sustained round of cheers and jeers came when Mr Trump mentioned his predecessor President Barack Obama, who had declined invitations to speak to the scout gathering while he was in office. “By the way, just a question: did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Mr Trump said. #2017Jambo- Remember your duty. Honor your history. Take care of the people God puts into your life – and LOVE & CHERISH your country! pic.twitter.com/DnNYxGJm4I— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017 Mr Trump said he has 10 former Boy Scouts serving in his cabinet and White House, and brought a few on stage as examples of Boy Scout leadership in action, including Tom Price, his health secretary. “Hopefully he’s going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare,” Mr Trump said, referring to Obama’s signature health care legislation, as the boys booed. “He better get them, otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired!’” he said, borrowing the catch phrase from his reality television show, “The Apprentice.” The political-style rally drew widespread criticism on social media, particularly from parents.  My son is saying the same. We were involved with boy scouts for years. I would never want to be associated with organization now.— Kate (@Mamaofthreebear) July 25, 2017 Politics do not belong in the jamboree. Citizenship does. I’m the charter organization rep for my son’s Troop. Will be contacting district— Ann ���� (@GeekTalk51) July 25, 2017 Especially appalled as I’m in a scouting family that includes two Eagle Scouts and my son aspires to be one. Disappointing, @boyscouts .— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 24, 2017 Right & left in agreement that Trump hijacked Boy Scouts for political rally. As a former Senior Patrol Leader, no @boyscouts for my son. https://t.co/ICtfKnxSOr— Nathan Newman (@nathansnewman) July 25, 2017 You have made me ill, @boyscouts! Do I now have to worry my son will be indoctrinated into a Trump youth org when he attends a BSA event??!— Leila Rice (@Leila_A_Rice) July 25, 2017 Mr Trump also provoked a backlash on Twitter after he himself started to cite Scout values.  “Boy Scout values are American values, and great Boy Scouts become great, great Americans.  As the Scout Law says: ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal’ — we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that,” he told the crowd. A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent https://t.co/vDTTjiKfRw— Ronnie Ellis (@cnhifrankfort) July 25, 2017 Donald Trump is speaking to the Boy Scouts. Has a President ever been in deeper contradiction with Scout values? pic.twitter.com/UYfdi39nH9— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 24, 2017 As an Eagle Scout, I can’t imagine a worse role model for young men who less embodies scouting’s values than President Trump. https://t.co/uTcUdlknCz— Morgan Bolt (@MBoltAuthor) July 24, 2017 Although Mr Obama  did not attend the jamboree during his two terms, he addressed a 100th anniversary event in 2010 by video. Pete Souza, the former White House photographer, also pointed out that Mr Obama had personally met scouts, adding that the former president did not boast to them about “his electoral college victory”. I can assure you, POTUS was not telling this Cub Scout and the Boy Scouts who followed about his electoral college victory. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jul 24, 2017 at 5:10pm PDT