March 13, 2018 01:12:39by

Trump sacks Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Trump sacks Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state on Tuesday, following months of speculation that he would be ousted from the post.

The president tweeted on Tuesday morning that Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, would be the new secretary of state, predicting he would do a “fantastic job”.

“Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service,” Mr Trump said. He added that Gina Haspel, the CIA’s deputy director, would become the new director of the agency.

Mr Tillerson’s future has been in doubt for months, although he has widely been seen as instrumental in leading the administration’s diplomatic pressure campaign on North Korea. In recent days, he appeared to express distance from Mr Trump’s historic decision to hold talks with North Korea leader Kim Jong UN, framing it as “a decision the president took himself”.

Mr Tillerson, who cut short a working trip to Africa, landed back in Washington early on Tuesday.

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