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

“Mike Pompeo Director of the CIA will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted  FILE

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.

President Donald Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that he's naming Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace him. He will do a fantastic job! Both she and Pompeo will have to be confirmed by the Senate. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! "He went on to serve in the US House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle". He is a retired Army officer and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and Harvard Law School.

Mr Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Hapsel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

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"He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", he added.

This story is still developing and will be updated when more information becomes available. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well", Trump said in his statement.

Gina Haspel will become the first woman director of the CIA, Trump said.

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