United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shall be changed by Central Intelligence Company (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Pompeo shall be changed on the CIA by Gina Haspel, his deputy. She would be the first girl in that function.
“Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, will turn out to be our new secretary of state. He’ll do a unbelievable job! Thanks to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will turn out to be the brand new director of the CIA, and the primary girl so chosen. Congratulations to all!” the president tweeted.
The US president supplied no clarification for the change.
Tillerson didn’t converse to Trump earlier than he was sacked Tuesday and has not been given a motive for his ouster, a prime aide stated.
“The secretary did not speak to the president this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted,” Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein stated.
Tillerson had arrived again in Washington earlier than daybreak on Tuesday after a tour of African nations and some hours later Trump introduced abruptly on Twitter that he was to get replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
“We wish Secretary-Designate Pompeo well,” Goldstein — who’s undersecretary of state for public affairs and public diplomacy — stated, in a sequence of tweets from his official account.
“The secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues. He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts,” he stated.
“The secretary will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship,” he added, in a nod to Tillerson’s shut working relationship with US Secretary of Protection Jim Mattis.