Trump fires Tillerson, appoints Pompeo as US Secretary of State

Ivan Schwartz
March 14, 2018

Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday on his Twitter that Rex Tillerson will no longer serve as Secretary of State, and he will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so. He will do a fantastic job!

Shortly afterwards Trump named CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson's successor.

He went on to reveal he had appointed Gina Haspel as Mr Pompeo's successor, the first woman to take on the prestigious position.

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He later served in the US Army, ultimately reaching the rank of captain before leaving to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1994.

Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service.

Tillerson has been out of favor with Trump for months, but had resisted efforts to push him out and vowed to remain on the job. He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In a statement to the Washington Post, President Trump praised both intelligence leaders, saying both had worked together and developed a "great mutual respect". "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well", the President said in a statement, as reported by the White House.

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