Trump to Replace Tillerson with Pompeo as Secretary of State

Trump to Replace Tillerson With Pompeo as Secretary of State	 	 	 			Rex Tillerson

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Tillerson is the latest high-ranking official in the Trump administration to resign.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma, at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, March 9, 2018. "Congratulations to all!" Trump said on Twitter.

He also tapped Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. "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", Pompeo said in a statement.

The New York Times quoted sources as saying Mr Trump was irritated by Mr Tillerson's body language during meetings.

Last Thursday, Tillerson said it would be premature for Trump to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Gina Haspel, now deputy director of the CIA, will become the agency's first woman director of the CIA. The Secretary of State had previously been forced to deny media reports that he called Mr Trump a "moron".

The two have also differed in their attitudes toward Russian Federation; while Trump prefers to give Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt on nearly everything, Tillerson has taken a more traditional and skeptical view of the country.

At one point past year, Tillerson reportedly called Trump "a moron" after a national security meeting.



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