SKY News | Published: Tuesday 13 March 2018
The President nominates CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over as Secretary of State and thanks Mr Tillerson for his service.
Rex Tillerson has been replaced as Secretary of State
Donald Trump has replaced Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will take up the role, the President announced in a tweet.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” he tweeted.
Mr Trump thanked Mr Tillerson for his time working for the White House.
He went on to reveal he had appointed Gina Haspel as Mr Pompeo’s successor, the first woman to take on the prestigious position.
“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!” Mr Trump tweeted.
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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!
1:44 PM – Mar 13, 2018
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Mr Trump told reporters he has “total confidence” in Mr Pompeo and that the two share “a similar viewpoint”.
“I respect his intellect, his process that we’ve all gone through together. We have a really good relationship, chemistry, whatever, why do people get along,” he added.
The President said that although he and Mr Tillerson “got along”, they had disagreements.
“Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time,” Mr Trump said.
“We got along quite well but we disagreed on things,” he added, saying he thinks the Iran deal is “terrible” whereas Mr Tillerson “felt a little bit differently”.
Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was appointed to the job just over a year ago. In October he was forced to deny he was considering quitting over tensions between him and the President.
In a statement announcing Mr Pompeo’s appointment, Mr Trump said: “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.”
“He will continue our program of restoring America’s standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” he added.
Mr Pompeo issued a statement saying he was “looking forward” to representing the President.
“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.