Trump says CIA's Pompeo to replace Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump says CIA's Pompeo to replace Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump says CIA's Pompeo to replace Tillerson as Secretary of State

President Donald Trump has announced his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. He will do a fantastic job!

Trump will replace Pompeo with deputy Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel noting in his statement, "Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA's first-ever female director, a historic milestone".

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Tillerson and Cohn join the ranks of chief of staff Reince Priebus, former communications directors Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci and Mike Dubke, press secretary Sean Spicer, staff secretary Rob Porter, HHS director Tom Price, deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, chief strategist Steve Bannon, FBI director James Comey, national security advisor Mike Flynn and many other high-ranking officials that have resigned or been fired.

The rejig comes amid the turbulent human resource management at the White House, with four Trump aides deserting him in the past fortnight. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last 14 months, and I wish him and his family well". The Secretary of State had previously been forced to deny media reports that he called Mr Trump a "moron".

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"As Director of the CIA, Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the global intelligence community", Trump said.

The breaking point appears to be Trump's surprise announcement last week that he was willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to CBS News.

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