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Tillerson had second ‘tense’ meeting with White House aide: report

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a tense meeting with a White House aide after blowing up at a different Trump administration official, Politico reported.

Tillerson reportedly clashed with senior White House aide Stephen Miller last week over immigration issues, a topic Miller has been heading for the White House.

Miller was pushing Tillerson to enact tougher policies on immigration and change State Department policies on the issue, but Tillerson made it “quite clear” that he wanted power over his own department, sources familiar with the meeting told the news outlet.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was also at the meeting, Politico reported.

Miller championed President Trump’s original travel ban, which covered seven majority-Muslim countries. The Supreme Court approved last week most of a revised version of the travel ban that blocks travelers from six countries with predominantly Muslim populations.

Tillerson reportedly blew up at White House aide Johnny DeStefano last month over delays to appointments at the State Department and reports that Trump administration members were leaking negative information about the secretary of State to the media.

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