WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.
Trump announced the change in a tweet early today just four hours after Tillerson returned to Washington from a trip to Africa. Word of Trumps dissatisfaction with Tillerson and plans to replace him had circulated for months.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State, Trump tweeted. 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!
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