Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump fires Tillerson, names Central Intelligence Agency boss Pompeo next Secretary of State

Trump fires Tillerson, names Central Intelligence Agency boss Pompeo next Secretary of State

A report by the Washington Post said that Tillerson was asked on Friday to step down from his post, which he assumed just over a year ago.

President Donald Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted. Mr Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

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He went on to reveal he had appointed Gina Haspel as Mr Pompeo's successor, the first woman to take on the prestigious position. He is a retired Army officer and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and Harvard Law School.

Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, began having his name floated as Tillerson's inevitable replacement in November of 2017.

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

This story is still developing and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

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