CIA Director Mike Pompeo is being considered as a possible replacement for beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to a report.
President Trump is comfortable with Pompeo, who delivers his daily intelligence briefing and provides advice on matters from immigration to how to navigate Congress, sources told Axios in a story published Friday.
Trump also doesn't perceive Pompeo as a showboat, the sources added.
This is in contrast to the president's relationship with Tillerson, which disintegrated over the summer. Tensions between Trump and Tillerson reached breaking point on Wednesday when reports emerged that Tillerson called the president a "moron" at a July 20 Pentagon national security meeting.
Tillerson didn't deny the comments at a press conference held earlier this week, while Trump was in Las Vegas to meet with victims and first responders affected by Sunday's mass shooting.
But Trump is aware that another Cabinet re-shuffle would draw negative press, and White House chief of staff John Kelly is discouraging a personnel change before next year for the sake of stability, Axios said.
Before joining the CIA, Pompeo served as a representative for Kansas from 2011 to 2017.