Tillerson Out, Mike Pompeo to State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma at a hotel in Nairobi Kenya Friday March

Donald Trump fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, names Mike Pompeo as replacement

President Donald Trump has ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, tweeting in a surprise Tuesday morning announcement that Mr Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo.

US stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

"We wish Secretary-Designate Pompeo well", Goldstein - who is undersecretary of state for public affairs and public diplomacy - said, in a series of tweets from his official account. In February 2017, for example, The Washington Post's Carol Morello and Anne Gearan reported that "the Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the preeminent voice of US foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a mostly offstage role". If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first woman to hold the post.

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.

While in Kenya, Tillerson canceled events he was scheduled to undertake in Nairobi on Saturday, the second day of his three-day visit to the country.

Much like his quick choice to take the meeting with Kim Jong-Un, Trump chose to remove Tillerson from his Cabinet post by himself, according to the AP. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said he was "very pleased" former CIA acting director Michael Morell "applaud [ed] the appointment", and Pompeo praised Haspel as "an exemplary intelligence officer and a devoted patriot". If Tillerson was against the potential summit, and President Trump felt that he and Tillerson did not have the needed working relationship to make sure the president was ready for what could be the ultimate of meetings, then this paring had to be terminated - ASAP.

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Mr Tillerson had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state. The now-former Cabinet member cut his trip to Africa short and returned to D.C. on Monday.

He also said he is confident that Pompeo will be confirmed by the Senate.

This administration feels a lot like a cycle of "America's Next Top Model" or Trump's own "Celebrity Apprentice" because it was only a few weeks ago that we were making a list and checking it twice for the total firings since Trump took office. "When you look at the Iran deal - I think it's bad".

Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea. McEntee was escorted out of the White House after he was sacked, reportedly for over an unspecified security issue. "I would certainly trust the president and my comments far above those of other reporters".

Hours before his ouster, Tillerson raised eyebrows by issuing some of his strongest statements yet on Russian Federation.

Tillerson's departure marks the latest in a flood of turnover in Trump's inner circle, including the exits of national security advisor Mike Flynn, strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, top economic advisor Gary Cohn, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, and White House communications director Hope Hicks. The president and his surrogates consistently criticized reports that Tillerson would not last long - reports that now appear to have been well-founded.

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