Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has had to cancel several events because of illness, will cut short his first diplomatic trip to Africa to return to Washington to deal with pressing matters, according to a report on Monday.
“Due to demands in the secretary’s schedule, he is returning to the U.S. one day early after concluding official meetings in Chad and Nigeria,” Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told reporters, Reuters said.
Tillerson is expected to spend just a few hours in Nigeria on Monday rather than the overnight visit originally scheduled, Goldstein said.
The US’ top diplomat arrived for a five-country tour of Africa on Friday, a day after President Trump announced that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for an historic summit.
His trip also came a day after Trump announced strict tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, angering many US allies in Europe.
Tillerson, 65, canceled events in Kenya on Saturday because he became ill after working on North Korea and other matters for two days without sleep, Goldstein said.