CIA Director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

13 March, 2018, 15:19 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Trump to Replace Tillerson With Pompeo as Secretary of State	 	 	 			Rex Tillerson

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday via Twitter that Rex Tillerson would be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state.

"Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" he added.

He tweeted the news on Tuesday morning, thanking Tillerson for his service and saying that Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well".

Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Haspel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

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A White House official said Trump wanted to have a new team in place ahead of upcoming talks with North Korea and various trade talks.

To replace Pompeo at the CIA, President Trump intends to promote Deputy Director Gina Haspel to the top post.

Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobile CEO, has always been rumored to be unhappy with Trump's constant undermining of the State Department's stance on issues. She would become the CIA's first female director.

Tillerson had just returned from a trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement.


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