Tillerson also wants to remove an envoy for the closure of Guantánamo Bay.
The seven first responders were discovered early Saturday, each of them with gunshot wounds in their heads.
Pyongyang should be shown the cost of pursuing nuclear weapons development, a State Department official said.
Funding to fight Russian misinformation would also be used to combat ISIS propaganda.
America's top diplomat is "entitled to take a few days himself," said a State Department spokeswoman.
There is still "plenty of work to do" to restructure the State Department, Tillerson's spokesman says.
America's top diplomat has faced a tug-of-war with the Trump administration since he was confirmed. He may soon walk away.
Casualties mount as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson works to cut $10 billion from the State Department budget on White House orders.
The U.S. criticized Russia for not helping to fund a women's shelter in Kitezh, but according to legend, the city has been underwater for centuries.
The U.S. Secretary of State lost it over interference in hiring of staffers.
Young Pioneers Tours had insisted trips were safe, but after Otto Warmbier's death announced it wouldn't take Americans anymore.
"By having a special person, an envoy out here, one of my experiences is, mission then says, 'Oh, we've got somebody else that does that,' " Tillerson said.
Marcel Pika, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was detained in 2016 following the bloody aftermath of Republic of Congo's presidential election.
The State Department's Stuart Jones appeared took a 20-second-long silent pause when a reporter asked him about U.S.' backing of democracy and Saudi Arabia
Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted an event marking Islam's holy month at the State Department.
Former diplomats and foreign policy experts tell Newsweek that Rex Tillerson's big changes are eroding America's power on the global stage.
The director, who won an Academy Award for a film about Edward Snowden, sees WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a historical figure.
The assault on USAID–backed soft-power agencies has been ignored by Trump and Tillerson.
No democratic leader congratulated Erdogan on his win except Trump.
It doesn't appear that Trump wants to keep his appointee at State in the loop.
State Department employee Candace Marie Claiborne has been arrested for selling top secret diplomatic data to Chinese spies and trying to cover up the affair.
Tillerson's potential no-show had increased unease caused by U.S. President Donald Trump's description of NATO as "obsolete" during his election campaign.
The move would mark the beginning of a process that could be lengthy. Approvals are needed from state regulators, and the project could face legal challenges.
Although it was unclear how the zones would work, safe havens could ratchet up U.S. military involvement in Syria and mark a departure from President Obama's more cautious approach.
The budget plan for fiscal 2018 will call for cuts of 28 percent for the State Department and 31 percent for the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Times reported.