President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Taps CIA Director Pompeo
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, and had tapped Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, who will be the first woman to lead the agency.
The resignation represents the biggest shakeup of the Trump Cabinet so far and had been expected since last October when reports surfaced about a falling out between Trump and Tillerson, 65, who left his position as chief executive of Exxon Mobil to join the administration.
U.S. stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.
Trump publicly undercut Tillerson’s diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state’s comments about Russia appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.
Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea’s leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.
“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!” Trump said on Twitter.
The Washington Post first reported the news, saying that Trump had asked Tillerson to resign last Friday. According to the Post, Trump wanted to replace Tillerson before he began talks with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson aide said Trump never explained to Tillerson the reason he was fired, and Tillerson had wanted to stay in job, reports AP.
According to CNN, Trump did not feel Rex Tillerson had his back lately and has wanted Mike Pompeo as his secretary of state for months. @kaitlancollins reports the White House began planning for Pompeo to take the job last fall. “Trump says he likes Tillerson but they disagreed in several areas, including the Iran deal. Says he and Pompeo are on “the same wavelength.” Declined to answer if he fired Tillerson because he called him a moron,” Collins tweeted.
Bloomberg reports, Trump fired Tillerson, blindsiding the former Exxon CEO just hours after he returned from a trip to Africa. Here’s what you need to know https://bloom.bg/2pbcq
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