Trump fires Tillerson, names Central Intelligence Agency boss Pompeo next Secretary of State

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

Donald Trump has replaced Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State.

"I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State", Trump said. He will do a fantastic job!

Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

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.

In a statement, Mr Trump said: "I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture".

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Trump reportedly made the decision last week, summoning Tillerson home from a trip to Africa.

A 30-year veteran of the CIA, Haspel said, "I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office".

Trump and Tillerson have disagreed again and again since Trump took office, with Tillerson taking the moderate stance on issues from the Paris climate agreement to the Iran deal. Last week, Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after the president announced he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside.

More on this as it develops.

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