President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, he tweeted Tuesday morning.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The Washington Post was first to report the story.
The two could not help but seethe as tensions ran high nearly since Tillerson took the job in 2017. However, the secretary of state was summoned to Washington Friday, where he was reportedly fired by Trump.
“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” the president told The Washington Post in a statement.
“Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”
Trump continued, “Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well.”
Deputy Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, will replace Pompeo.
“Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone.”