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Trump ousts Tillerson, taps CIA Director Pompeo for State Dept.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning said he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with former CIA director Mike Pompeo Tillerson out at secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo
Kenny Thornton | 13 March, 2018, 15:35

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state, and he will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted.

Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service.

Trump also announced that Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel take Pompeo's place as Director of the CIA, the first woman to be appointed to the job.

Mr Trump last Friday asked Mr Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

He also named Gina Haspel the new Central Intelligence Agency head.

Tillerson's ouster was reported minutes before Trump's tweet by the Washington Post, though tensions between the two have simmered almost since Tillerson took the job in 2017. "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".

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Both Pompeo and Haspel must be confirmed by the Senate.

Trump's tweet Tuesday came the day after Tillerson blamed Russian Federation for an assassination in London - something the White House had specifically declined to do just hours before.

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state.

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.

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

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