President Donald Trump has removed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after months of speculation surrounding Tillerson’s role in the Trump administration, a fact that Tillerson found out at the same time as the public.
President Trump announced the news of Tillerson’s ouster on Twitter, thanking him for his service. The Washington Post first reported news of Tillerson’s firing, shortly before the president’s tweet.
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
“Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time. We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” he said. “When you look at the Iran deal — I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was okay. I wanted to either break it or do something. And he felt a little bit differently. So we were not really thinking the same.”
News of Tillerson’s departure from the State Department came as the secretary arrived in Washington early Tuesday morning after his overseas visit to Africa. There, he reaffirmed the U.S. – Africa relationship in spite ofabout immigrations from African nations in January.
President’s Trump style of firing a member of the Cabinet is reminiscent of Kenya’s long serving president Moi, who was known to fire his trusted aides on the local broadcasting channel, KBC.