Rex Tillerson sacked as secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief

Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON: United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Pompeo will be replaced at the CIA by Gina Haspel, his deputy. She will be the first woman in that role.
“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!” the president tweeted.
Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump’s announcement.
According to a senior US official, Donald Trump wanted to change up his cabinet team before launching high-stakes negotiations with North Korea. “The President wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea,” the official said. The reshuffle comes days after the spectacular announcement of a meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose date and details have yet to be determined. — Agencies


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