Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has cancelled scheduled events in Kenya on Saturday due to illness.
Tillerson, who had gone two days without sleep and had been working on North Korea and other issues, was resting at his hotel and did not plan to cut the trip short, according to Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives to a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Soon after landing in Nairobi, Mr Tillerson held a meeting with President Kenyatta where they discussed security in the region, particularly the threat of Al-Shabaab and the war in South Sudan. His visit to the U.S. Embassy to meet with American diplomats was scrapped.
Tillerson cancels day's events in Africa due to illness
Goldstein said some events may be rescheduled for later in his trip, including a planned stop at the site of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. While the nature of the illness was not disclosed, it was understood not to be serious, the BBC reported.
The audacious diplomatic gambit, which was taken before consulting key confidantes including Tillerson - who was in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at the time - left aides scrambling to catch up.
He had started his day Friday in Ethiopia and flew to Djibouti for a brief visit.
A United States embassy official said Ambassador Bob Godec andHealth Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki would attend events on Saturday morning.
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