US President Donald Trump Fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.- Photo Evan Vucci

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.

Trump announced the change in a tweet early Tuesday just four hours after Tillerson returned to Washington from a trip to Africa. Word of Trump’s dissatisfaction with Tillerson and plans to replace him had circulated for months, even as Tillerson insisted he didn’t plan to leave.

United States CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks to a rally of general aviation workers at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan. Photo Mike Hutmacher

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you…

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