Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Fired, Replaced By CIA Director Mike Pompeo

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a "great decision" for next secretary of state. Tillerson exits shy of 14 months on the job, making his one of the shortest tenures for a secretary of state in US history.

CBS News' Kylie Atwood reported that Tillerson was leaving his Africa trip early to return to Washington to talk with Mr. Trump about developments in North Korea, which he was largely left out of, as the White House announced it would be taking up talks with the regime sometime in May.

While Tillerson's laconic Texas drawl was at odds with Trump's style, the president may have found his mirror image in Pompeo, who shares his penchant for being combative and opinionated.

"We look forward to working with Mr. Pompeo, who is a highly regarded professional", said France's United Nations ambassador, Francois Delattre. Last summer as tensions rose when Kim Jong Un and Trump traded insults, Tillerson said the USA wanted to "resolve this through talks", rather than the military options the White House said were on the table.

It was reported past year that Rex Tillerson had used that word to describe Donald Trump, a clear indication of the hard relationship the two men had.

There was frequent friction between the president and Mr. Tillerson.

According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Tillerson to step aside last Friday.

Mike Pompeo had an audition for his new job as secretary of state just about every morning at the White House, where the CIA director gave President Donald Trump his top-secret intelligence briefing.

Rob Porter The White House staff secretary, a senior adviser in charge of much of the documentation that went to Trump for his signature, resigned in early February following accusations of domestic abuse from two former wives. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted. 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".

Goldstein added in his statement that Tillerson is "unaware of the reason" he's been removed but said he is "grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling".

Mr Trump tapped the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Mr Pompeo at the intelligence agency. The sources weren't authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.

Trump's choice for the first female director of the CIA is a previous spy who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!

Last week Tillerson said that an upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim would focus on "talks" rather than "negotiations". Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumors of strain between them.

Additional questions to be answered: What will the Trump administration and US allies South Korea and Japan offer to North Korea if it is willing to denuclearize? He was slated to retire from Exxon in March 2017 at age 65 under the company's mandatory retirement policy when he joined the administration.

But the White House distanced itself from those remarks, and a few days later, Mr Tillerson himself backed off.

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