Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Tillerson is also deeply unpopular within the State Department for his imperious management style and disregard for the traditions of diplomacy, which has led to a steady level of attrition throughout his tenure.

Goldstein said, "We wish Secretary Pompeo well".

US President Donald Trump today sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and replaced him with Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted.

In this January 29, 2018, photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department in Washington.

Replacing Pompeo at the CIA will be Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the agency, reported the Washington Post.

The dramatic move was apparently part of a cabinet re-shuffle planned by the president ahead of possible talks with North Korea, a U.S. officials said. The sources weren't authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumors of strain between them.

Trump reportedly talked to Tillerson last Friday and Tillerson even cut short his trip to Africa and returned to Washington early.

- Like Trump, Pompeo is an outspoken critic of Iran and has called for scrapping the 2015 deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Paid $27.3 million previous year, Tillerson has accumulated roughly $160 million in Exxon stock along with $149 million of unvested stock options, according a proxy statement the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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