Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., dodged when asked about the report Thursday that the White House has a plan to place Cotton as director of the Central Intelligence Agency in a staffing shakeup that would also see current CIA Director Mike Pompeo replace an outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
When pressed on the matter by Fox News' Bret Baier, the senator simply echoed the Trump administration's response to the report earlier in the day that Tillerson is still in office and there were not any staffing changes to announce.
"[White House press secretary] Sarah Sanders said today she had no personnel announcements to make and we're in the middle of voting on a very important tax bill in the Senate," Cotton said. "So I'll be going back there shortly to cast those votes where I am proud to be representing the people of Arkansas."
Asked if he would like to be CIA director, Cotton laughed and replied on with: "I am very proud to be representing the people of Arkansas."
The New York Times report cited senior administration officials, who said that Cotton has signaled he would take the post if President Trump offered it to him. However, it is unknown whether the president has approved the transition plan.