Trump Says Tillerson Out as Secretary of State, Replaced by Pompeo

“Mike Pompeo Director of the CIA will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted  FILE

Rex Tillerson has been ousted as secretary of state, with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo assuming the role, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning. He will do a fantastic job! Mr Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

Trump said he is nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

"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".

In his time at the Central Intelligence Agency, the former Kansas congressman said, "I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom".

Trump announced the move via tweet.

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"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", he said.

Mr Trump thanked Mr Tillerson for his time working for the White House.

The president has accepted an invitation, conveyed by South Korea, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un within the next two months to discuss denuclearization. And Tillerson once allegedly called Trump a "moron", a charge he never denied.

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Steve Goldstein, said on Monday, March 12 that Tillerson would end his trip early to deal with work that needs to be attended to in Washington, D.C.

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