Rex Tillerson Out As Secretary Of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo To Replace Him

Rex Tillerson Out As Secretary Of State, CIA Director Mike Pompeo To Replace Him

Trump said Tillerson would is leaving the State Department in a tweet Tuesday, and that he would be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

President Trump announced that Rex Tillerson is leaving the State Department in a tweet Tuesday morning, and said Tillerson would be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump thanked Tillerson for his service, and announced Gina Haspel will become the new CIA director, the first woman to hold that position, when Pompeo leaves. “He will do a fantastic job!” Trump said.

The announcement came as a surprise to many, including State Department officials who have claimed that Tillerson found out he was canned from Trump’s tweet.

Tensions between Trump and Tillerson have reportedly been high for quite some time. Tillerson reportedly threatened to resign in October.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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