President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted.
Trump also thanked Tillerson, saying "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well", according to the Washington Post.
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".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks about Qatar at the State Department in Washington, Friday June 9, 2017.
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"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. "Congratulations to all!" 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.
Pompeo said in a statement, "If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President's foreign policy". Trump announced the decision on Twitter today.
Trump's tweet Tuesday came the day after Tillerson blamed Russian Federation for an assassination in London - something the White House had specifically declined to do just hours before.
At one point a year ago, Tillerson reportedly called Trump "a moron" after a national security meeting.