Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Ousts Tillerson & Nominates Pompeo As Secretary Of State

Trump Ousts Tillerson & Nominates Pompeo As Secretary Of State

In a tweet, the President said that Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, will take over the position with Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel becoming the new Director.

"Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" he added.

To replace Pompeo at the CIA, President Trump intends to promote Deputy Director Gina Haspel to the top post. The secretary cut short his diplomatic trip to Africa, returning to Washington, DC, on Monday.

In his twitter, the US President said, "Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State".

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"I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State", Pompeo said in a statement. She would become the CIA's first female director.

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. Trump offered no explanation for the change.

Tillerson navigated storms involving Trump's decision to cease implementing the Paris Climate Accord, escalating tensions with the North Korean regime, and questions over Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

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