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Trump fires Tillerson as secretary of state

March 13, 2018 2:03 PM
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Trump fires Tillerson as secretary of state

Mubasher: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that Rex Tillerson was out as the secretary of state, noting that he would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo.

The firing comes after the former Secretary of State opposed a series of decisions taken by Trump.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job," the US President posted on Twitter.

Trump also nominated deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to be Pompeo’s successor in the secret agency.

"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!” he added.


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