Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. He will do a fantastic job!

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Brussels on December 6, 2017. Haspel has served as Pompeo's deputy and will become the first woman to serve as director.

A report by the Washington Post said that Tillerson was asked on Friday to step down from his post, which he assumed just over a year ago.

Both Pompeo and Haspel must be confirmed by the Senate.

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The New York Times quoted sources as saying Mr Trump was irritated by Mr Tillerson's body language during meetings.

Tillerson is also deeply unpopular within the State Department for his imperious management style and disregard for the traditions of diplomacy, which has led to a steady level of attrition throughout his tenure.

"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. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well". The secretary has generally been cut out of the loop on major foreign policy moves, like Trump's impulsive decision to meet with Kim Jong-un.

"His experience in the military, Congress and as leader of the Central Intelligence Agency have prepared him well for his new role, and I urge his swift confirmation", said Trump in a statement.

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