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Trump refutes story on firing Rex Tillerson as fake news

Trump refutes story on firing Rex Tillerson as fake news

President Donald Trump resumed his war on the American press Friday by tweeting that a widely circulated report that he was planning to fire his secretary of state was “fake news.”

In the tweet, he wrote: "The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon. While we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!"

The story that Mr. Tillerson's dismissal was imminent was first reported by The New York Times and The Washington Post, both frequent Trump critics, and was picked up by many other print, television and internet outlets.

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