Rex Tillerson who just left Nigeria yesterday to his home country after a brief official visit to Africa has been removed as Secretary of State by President Donald Trump.
According to reports, Tillerson is being replaced with a CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, a move, according to White House Officials was informed by the recent delicate negotiations with North Korea.
President Trump, according to reports, last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, hence prompting the top diplomat to cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.
In a statement issued to The Washington Post, Trump praised both Pompeo and Haspel saying –
“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State.
Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.
Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”
As of the now former Secretary of State, Trump praised him thus –
“Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”
The new U.S Secretary of State, Pompoe, in a statement expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve his fatherland as Director of CIA and for the new opportunity to serve as Secretary of State.
“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. “His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity. Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life.”