Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo

CIA Director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

CIA Director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

President Trump on Tuesday ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and said he is replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State", Mr Trump said.

Trump's statement did not mention Tillerson, with whom he has been at odds on issues ranging from North Korea to steel and aluminum tariffs throughout the first 14 months of his administration.

Ms Haspel in a statement also said she was excited for her promotion.

Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, will replace Pompeo if confirmed by the Senate, becoming the first female director of that agency.

He continued, "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

Trump announced the move via tweet.

Trump's suprise announcement took place less than four hours after Tillerson's flight landed.

Mr Trump thanked Mr Tillerson for his time working for the White House.

At one point a year ago, Tillerson reportedly called Trump "a moron" after a national security meeting.

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Steve Goldstein, said on Monday, March 12 that Tillerson would end his trip early to deal with work that needs to be attended to in Washington, D.C.

The two have also differed in their attitudes toward Russian Federation; while Trump prefers to give Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt on nearly everything, Tillerson has taken a more traditional and skeptical view of the country.

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