Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Trump fires Tillerson, taps Central Intelligence Agency director

Trump fires Tillerson, taps Central Intelligence Agency director Trump fires Tillerson, taps Central Intelligence Agency director
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 15:41

The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning that President Trump had fired long-embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, who will require Senate confirmation to secure the job permanently. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted. He added, "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

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.

He said Mr. Pompeo "will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with nuclear-armed North Korea. Both she and Pompeo will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Trump's suprise announcement took place less than four hours after Tillerson's flight landed. In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July.

Trump's tweet Tuesday came the day after Tillerson blamed Russian Federation for an assassination in London - something the White House had specifically declined to do just hours before. "I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that 'our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free'".