The U.S. President Donald Trump has sacked the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with the CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Firing Tillerson and replacing with Pompeo has been the biggest shake-up of his cabinet since taking office.
The White House administration has been going through shake-ups since Donald Trump took the office as the President.
But Tillerson’s removal came as a big surprise in a time when Trump has been planning a meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
President Trump said in a tweet, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!
Omg. A State Dept official says Tillerson learned he was fired from Trump's tweet, per @CNN
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 13, 2018
“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!”
“A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months” with Tillerson as the Secretary of State, President Trump said in a statement.
Mr. Trump said the new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “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.”
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
President appointed Gina Hapsel as the first ever woman CIA director. “Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect,” President Trump said.
The U.S. Secretary of State cut his Africa tour short and returned to Washington DC on Monday raising questions about his future in the State Department.
The relation between Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not been very warm on various issues.
They have clear opposite stands in many issues like Iran deal, Gulf crisis, Korean Peninsula crisis and etc. Donald Trump supported the Saudi bloc openly in the ongoing Gulf crisis whereas Tillerson has been seeking a solution. Some of Trump critics regarded Tillerson as “the only adult in the room” and regretted his departure.
Their mutual relation reached the lowest when the U.S. media reported Tillerson of calling Trump a ‘moron’ about which he abstained from commenting in the press.
MSNBC: Sources say trump never got over Tillerson calling him a moron. 🤣
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 14, 2018
The speculations that Trump would replace Tillerson finally came out as true with the sudden announcement of President Donald Trump.
The new replacement, Mike Pompeo, shares Trump’s view about Iran and many other issues. But his stance on North Korea is very different from that of Trump.
Mike Pompeo, is expected to be ‘loyal’ to Trump if he would like to hold the position for long. President Trump has been familiar with firing and public shaming the one who is not completely loyal to him.