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Trump Fires Tillerson as Secretary of State, Names Pompeo as Replacement

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, while Pompeo would be replaced by CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" Trump tweeted. "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!"

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

Tillerson had recently returned to Washington, D.C. early from a trip to Africa. Trump has been critical of Tillerson in recent months, and the two have been divided on a number of issues, including North Korea, the Paris climate accords and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas, has been heavily relied on, as has Haspel, a career CIA officer. If confirmed, Haspel will become the CIA's first female director.

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