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Tuesday
Mar132018

Trump Fires Tillerson, Names CIA Director to Post

March 13 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump announced a major shakeup in his Cabinet Tuesday, replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!" Trump tweeted

Tillerson just finished a diplomatic trip to Africa. On Monday, he told British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson that the U.S. government was "outraged" about the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Trump asked Tillerson to step aside.

Tillerson, the former head of ExxonMobil, has been Trump's only secretary of state. His departure comes amid international trade talks and ahead of Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a statement, Trump said Pompeo has a "proven record of working across the aisle."

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