President Trump says CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace the former Exxon Mobil chief executive.
The Washington Post first reported the news, which the president quickly confirmed in a tweet. Trump thanked Tillerson for his service and said Pompeo will do a “fantastic job.”
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
Since Tillerson took the post in February 2017, there have been clashes”allegedly” regarding Russia and its role in Syria. Essentially, Russia has taken over the region despite the Republican party’s refusal to let this happen. Could Tillerson’s allegations that Russia is responsible for the latest chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Syra have triggered this move? Maybe, but at least it was a part of the issue that prompted the President to let him go.
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) March 13, 2018
Yesterday, Rex Tillerson was the only member of the Trump administration to acknowledge Russian responsibility for the nerve gas attack in the UK.
Today, he is fired. Trump is so guilty it's insane.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 13, 2018
President Trump: “I wish Rex Tillerson well… I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man… We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things.” https://t.co/TYsY77tQUx pic.twitter.com/S1AH8OhWBy
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2018
Tillerson never tolerated the Press’s cheap questions regarding his relationship with President Trump and never even denied he said bad things to the President just because he thought the question was ridiculous.