Trump confirmed the secretary of state was at the White House after reports emerged the president planned to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, made an unannounced visit to the White House on Thursday after multiple press reports emerged that Donald Trump was hatching a plan to oust him and replace him with the CIA director Mike Pompeo.

Asked on camera if he wanted Tillerson to stay at his post, Donald Trump did not reply directly, saying only: “He’s here. Rex is here.” As reports of his imminent departure swirled in Washington, the secretary of state had been spotted by reporters on the White House grounds, a visit that had not been on his public schedule for the day.

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