Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Trump fires Tillerson, selects Pompeo as new Secretary of State

Trump ousts Tillerson as secretary of State replaces him with CIA chief Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo
Ellis Copeland | 13 March, 2018, 18:48

President Trump has removed Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, replacing him with Central Intelligence Agency head Mike Pompeo.

Trump and Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobile, have reportedly been at odds for months.

US stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

The timing of the move was created to allow Trump to put a new team in place in advance of those talks, said a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a personnel decision.

President Donald Trump is telling reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "by myself".

Tillerson is set to replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

He announced that deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel will become the new director, and the first woman so chosen.

While some intelligence officers have said that Pompeo tends to tell Trump what he wants to hear rather than giving him their assessments, others say they have been impressed by his intellect, willingness to listen and advocacy of more robust covert operations.

Fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L), and his replacement, Mike Pompeo.

"She was the acting director for operations when I arrived, and she has a wealth of experience and background, and she has more than three decades experience overseas as well as at headquarters, ' said Brennan, saying she enjoyed 'tremendous respect" in the agency.

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President Trump on Tuesday ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and said he is replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The Secretary of State was reportedly asked Friday to return to Washington and informed he would be let go by Trump.


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The secretary of state was on an official tour of Africa last week when he was caught unawares by Mr Trump's agreement to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process".

The State Department said Tillerson only learned of his termination when he read Trump's tweet on Tuesday morning. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well".

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago. The Post's Gearan, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker reported on October 4 that "the already tense relationship between the two headstrong men - one a billionaire former real estate developer, the other a former captain of the global oil industry - has ruptured into what some White House officials call an irreparable breach that will inevitably lead to Tillerson's departure, whether immediately or not". While that may have improved the standing of an agency Trump attacked repeatedly during his presidential campaign and the transition, it also raised concerns about Pompeo's commitment to keep the CIA free of politics.

"I think Rex will be much happier now", Trump said.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary at the time, sought to portray a more harmonious dynamic, saying that "the secretary is having an ongoing and productive exchange with the president and his team".

Conspicuously missing: A statement from Tillerson himself.

Pompeo said in a statement of the president's decision, "If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President's foreign policy".

This administration feels a lot like a cycle of "America's Next Top Model" or Trump's own "Celebrity Apprentice" because it was only a few weeks ago that we were making a list and checking it twice for the total firings since Trump took office.

Speculation that Tillerson would be fired grew with those reports last fall, and the secretary of state never personally denied their accuracy.

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