Trump Says Tillerson Out as Secretary of State, Replaced by Pompeo


President Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, announcing he plans to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

A 30-year veteran of the CIA, Haspel said, "I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office". "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

"Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" he added.

Trump also announced that Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel take Pompeo's place as Director of the CIA, the first woman to be appointed to the job.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state's comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House. Both Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Haspel will require Senate confirmation.

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The New York Times quoted sources as saying Mr Trump was irritated by Mr Tillerson's body language during meetings.

He also tapped Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well".

Last Thursday, Tillerson said it would be premature for Trump to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that 'our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free'".

More on this as it develops.