The White House has a plan which would force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, U.S. media reported on Thursday.
Senior administration officials told The New York Times that the plan, developed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, would be put into place within the next several weeks.
Pompeo would be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton of Akansas, the report said.
The shakeup would occur by the end of the year or shortly afterward, it added.
There is no word on whether U.S. President Donald Trump has signed off on the plan, but the report added that Trump is generally ready to make a change at the State Department.