President Donald Trump has dismissed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The president announced the move Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he has dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and is nominating Mike Pompeo, the current head of the CIA, to replace him as the top U.S. diplomat.
Trump announced the change in a message on the social media network Twitter early Tuesday. The announcement came four hours after Tillerson returned to Washington from a trip to Africa.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump said on Twitter on March 13. “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!” Trump said in the tweet.
Trump announced the decision after Tillerson, who became secretary of state on February 1, 2017, returned from a shortened trip to Africa.
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