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Rex Tillerson fired as secretary of state


Rex Tillerson fired as secretary of state

Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday (Mar 13) that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson's departure follows months of tension between him and Trump. Gina Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, stands to take over the agency, Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he respected Tillerson's "intellect" and said he "got along well with Rex."

- Source: CNN

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