Trump ousts Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state

Trump ousts Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state
From CBC - March 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over issues including North Korea and Russia, and nominatedloyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the department.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump thankedTillerson, and said he has nominated GinaHaspelto replace Pompeo. If confirmed, Haspel, currently deputy director of the intelligence agency, would become its first female director.

Speaking to reporters later on the White House lawn, Trump saidhe made the decision to replaceTillerson"by myself,"and added that Tillersonwill be "much happier now."

The move 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.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when Tillerson'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 Koreanleader Kim Jong-un 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!


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

A senior White House official said Trumpasked Tillerson to step down on Friday, but did want not to announce it while Tillersonwas on a trip to Africa.

The official also said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas who is seen as a loyalist within the administration, and wanted him in place before the U.S. president's planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and trade negotiations.

Tillersonout of step with White House


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