Trump ousts Tillerson as secretary of State, replaces him with CIA chief

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump removed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement.

The move comes just hours after the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson appeared to veer away from the official White House line to declare that Russian Federation was probably behind an attempt to poison a former double agent, adding that the perpetrators should face punishment. "Congratulations to all!" Trump said on Twitter.

To replace Pompeo at the CIA, President Trump intends to promote Deputy Director Gina Haspel to the top post. If confirmed, she would be the first female head of the intelligence agency. He will do a fantastic job!

According to the White House, Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be nominated to replace Pompeo. Trump offered no explanation for the change.

Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

Last week, Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after the president announced he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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