President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July.

In a statement released by the White House, Pompeo said: "I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as secretary of state".

Goldstein says Tillerson will miss his colleagues at the State Department and the foreign ministers he worked with.

Trump also thanked Tillerson, saying "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well", according to the Washington Post.

Shortly afterwards Trump named CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson's successor.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting USA president to do so.

President Donald Trump announced early Tuesday morning that he had ousted Rex Tillerson from his position as Secretary of State.

Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, will replace Pompeo if confirmed by the Senate, becoming the first female director of that agency.

Mr Trump offered no explanation for the change.

Tillerson was slated to retire from Exxon in March 2017 at age 65 under the company's mandatory retirement policy.

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