BREAKING NEWS: President Trump Says Rex Tillerson Out as Secretary of State, Replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo
By FOX NEWS // March 13, 2018
President offered no explanation for the change
(FOX NEWS) – President Trump on Tuesday ousted his embattled top diplomat Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and said he is replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” the president tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”
There had been longstanding rumors throughout most of Tillerson’s tenure of friction between Trump and him.
Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump’s announcement. Trump offered no explanation for the change.
A senior White House official told Fox News the president decided to make the change ahead of his upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
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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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
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