White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed speculation and reports from Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's departure from the administration is imminent but also declined to say specifically that the White House has confidence in Tillerson.

"When the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serve in the capacity they're in," Sanders said when asked if President Trump still has confidence in Tillerson. "His future right now is continuing working as secretary of state."

Trump and Tillerson "are continuing working together to close out what has been an incredible year," Sanders added.

Reports Thursday morning said White House officials were developing a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and that Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., could be Trump's new CIA director. White House sources said Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is behind the move to oust Tillerson.