Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

CIA Director Mike Pompeo listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington Tillerson out at secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo
Sammy Stanley | 13 March, 2018, 15:39

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State. Congratulations to all!" he tweeted. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

Trump also thanked Tillerson, saying "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well", according to the Washington Post.

As the New York Times reported previous year, "as a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand".

Trump's statement did not mention Tillerson, with whom he has been at odds on issues ranging from North Korea to steel and aluminum tariffs throughout the first 14 months of his administration.

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

Pompeo said in a statement, "If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President's foreign policy". Both Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Haspel will require Senate confirmation.

Mr. Trump made Tuesday's move while Mr. Tillerson, formerly the CEO of ExxonMobil, was out of the country, finishing a week-long tour of several African nations.

Last Thursday, Tillerson said it would be premature for Trump to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July.

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