Trump fires Tillerson, names Pompeo new secretary of state

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's naming Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job". Mr Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".


Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting USA president to do so. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well".

Mr. Trump said Mr. Pompeo "has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the worldwide intelligence community", the president said in a statement.


President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confer during a working lunch with African leaders during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, September 20, 2017.

A senior White House official said: "The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations". "His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity", Pompeo said in a statement.


Both Pompeo and Haspel must be confirmed by the Senate.

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