A State Department spokeswoman on Tuesday said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is “taking a little time off.”
“[He] does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own,” Heather Nauert told reporters, according to Business Insider.
“[He’s] just taking a little time off,” she added. “He’s got a lot of work. He just came back from that mega-trip overseas, as you all well know – many of you were over there with the G-20.”
Nauert added she did not know the standard protocol for listing private days when asked why she did not just say Tillerson is on vacation.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday mocked the idea of Tillerson taking time off from serving as America’s top diplomat.
Other people on the social media platform urged Tillerson to continue leading the State Department for President Trump’s administration.
Nahal Toosi, Politico’s foreign policy correspondent, tweeted later Tuesday that Tillerson was working from Texas.
Am told that SecState Tillerson is GTT -- Gone to Texas. He's fine and he's working 20 hour days, but just not in D.C.— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) July 25, 2017
CNN reported Monday that Tillerson is increasingly frustrated with Trump’s administration and may be thinking about resigning from his post.
Several anonymous sources told CNN that Tillerson has said he would stay in the role until the end of the year at least, but now may be considering an earlier departure.
Tillerson was reportedly angered by Trump’s public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions this month.
Trump has repeatedly voiced disappointment in Sessions for recusing himself from the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department’s investigation of the matter reportedly includes whether Russia colluded with Trump’s election campaign.