Rex Tillerson out as secretary of state

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, and had tapped Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. He added, "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, ending a tumultuous tenure as America's top diplomat.

News of Tillerson's departure from the State Department came as the Secretary arrived back to Washington after his overseas visit to Africa, where he reaffirmed the U.S. -Africa relationship in spite of alleged vulgar comments made by the President about immigrants from African nations back in January.

Pompeo is to be replaced at Central Intelligence Agency by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at Central Intelligence Agency.

Last week, Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after the president announced he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

A White House official said Trump wanted to have a new team in place ahead of upcoming talks with North Korea and various trade talks. She would become the CIA's first female director.

Trump had not offered an explanation for the change at the time of the announcement.

Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at CIA, Trump tweeted.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

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