U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was ''not going anywhere,'' denying news reports that he was considering leaving his post, after shaking hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday (July 26) he was "not going anywhere," denying news reports that he was considering leaving his post. "I'm not going anywhere," Tillerson told reporters at the State Department. Asked how long he would stay on, Tillerson turned and smiled, saying, "As long as the president lets me." Asked about his relationship with President Donald Trump, Tillerson said simply, "Good." The comments came as he shook hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani as the House Foreign Relations Committee examined the U.S. relationship with Qatar as several Arab nations accuse the tiny country of supporting terrorism and allying with Iran, which Doha denies. The experts testified that Qatar, which hosts the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, has also established relationships with groups the U.S. considers terrorist groups and has sometimes used that relationship to mediate between U.S. allies and adversaries. The experts pushed the members of Congress to urge Washington to leverage the air base and the current disagreement among Arab states to demand Doha expel a few dozen people on suspected terror lists that are currently in Qatar.