Rex Tillerson Is Out as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo Is In — Says Trump
This morning, President Trump announced on Twitter that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is out, and is being replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. He also confirmed that Gina Haspel will take over Pompeo’s job at the CIA, noting that she’s the first female to hold the position.
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
A senior White House official told Politico that Trump wanted a new team in place before he sits down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May.
Last fall, Tillerson made headlines after he reportedly called the president a “f—— moron” in a meeting, to which Trump offered to compare IQ tests with Tillerson.
He later spoke on the firing: “Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time. We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” he said, noting the Iran deal in particular.
WATCH: Pres. Trump speaks to reporters after announcing Tillerson replacement. https://t.co/7Y8KnK4Txr
— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2018