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Rex Tillerson is as Secretary of state. Jonathan Swan of Axios offers an insight into Pompeo nomination.
President Trump on Tuesday unceremoniously fired its embattled top diplomat Rex Tillerson as Secretary of state and said he would replace him, with the Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
The President announced his displacement Tillerson on Twitter. Tillerson was not aware of the reason for getting fired when Trump went public with the news, a State Department spokesman said.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will be tweeted to our new Secretary of state,” the President. “He is a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, is our new foreign Minister. He is a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel is the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman to be elected so. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Speaking to reporters before leaving for California, Trump confirmed he and Tillerson had a disagreement and stressed that he and Pompeo have a “similar thoughts.”
“We were actually quite good, but we did not agree on things,” Trump Tillerson said. “When I think of the Iran deal, it is terrible. I think he felt it was okay…So we were not really thinking the same thing.”
Rex Tillerson is as Secretary of state
Speaking of Pompeo, Trump said: “Enormous energy. Enormous Intellect. We are always on the same wave length. The relationship has always been very good. This is what I need, as Secretary of state.”
It had many years of rumors, in most of Tillerson’s tenure, the friction between Trump and him.
Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa, hours before Trump’s announcement.
A Senior White House official told Fox News that the President decided to make the change ahead of its upcoming meeting with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“The President wanted to make sure his new team said in the run-up to the upcoming talks with North Korea, and various ongoing trade negotiations,” the adviser to.
Tillerson, former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was bugged, as Trump, the first Minister of foreign Affairs. But the two clashed over foreign policy strategies in the past year.
“I would like to thank Rex Tillerson for his service,” Trump said in a statement. “Much has been achieved in the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”
A White house official told Fox News that Tillerson was asked to step aside Friday.
Tillerson “had every intention” in the post, Under-Secretary Steve Goldstein said.
“The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning, and is not aware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes that public service is a noble calling, and regrets are,” Goldstein said.
Pompeo is the first former CIA Director, secretary of state. Prior to joining the trump administration, he was elected to Congress from Kansas.
“I am deeply grateful to President trump said for allowed me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for the opportunity to serve as Secretary of state,” Pompeo said in a statement. “His leadership, America is safer, and I look forward to showing him and the American people to the rest of the world for the prosperity of America.”
Trump said he is appointing Gina reel, the new Director of the CIA. Reel served as the Pompeo substitute, and the first woman to serve as a Director.
“I am grateful that President trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his trust in me, nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” reel said in a statement.
Republicans on Capitol Hill reacted warmly to the choice. Both Pompeo and reel face Senate confirmations. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate for Director of the CIA in the past year.
“Mike Pompeo is an outstanding selection as our next Secretary of State,” Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom cotton said. “Mike’s deep understanding of world Affairs, his clear view of the dangers to our national security, and his relationships with world leaders, make him an excellent choice to be our top diplomat.”
Fox News’ John Roberts, Jennifer Bowman, Serafin Gomez, Chad Pergram, Lucas Tomlinson, rich Edson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.