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Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Reader 03/13/2018 (Tue) 13:34:54 Id: de8301 [Preview] No. 7253
After months of disputes with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump removed him Tuesday and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department.

"I am confident (Pompeo) is the right person for the job at this critical juncture," Trump said in a statement. "He 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."

Trump will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel will take over as director of the agency.

Trump announced the removal of Tillerson on social media 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


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