The Financial Express

Trump sacks Tillerson, replaces him with CIA director

| Updated: March 15, 2018 12:27:32

Trump sacks Tillerson, replaces him with CIA director

President Donald Trump Tuesday ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with current CIA director Mike Pompeo.

The Washington Post first reported news of the latest staff shakeup for the Trump White house.

Trump confirmed the staffing change via Twitter in the morning, report agencies.

"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.

Trump asked Tillerson to step aside Friday, said a senior White House official told but the State Department says Trump never spoke to Tillerson about the decision.

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 added.


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