Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to be Replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Mar. 13, 2018
PHOTO: Rex Tillerson speaks during a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2018. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting this morning that he plans to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump asked Tillerson to step aside Friday, a senior White House official told ABC News today. Trump wanted to make sure he had a team in place before the recently announced talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the official said.

Trump believes he works well with Pompeo and the decision to replace Tillerson was not based on any single issue, the official said.

Tillerson and Trump have had tumultuous points in their relationship in the past. One of the most public disputes came in July amid reports that Tillerson called the president a “moron.”
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