Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo

Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson, taps CIA director Pompeo”

President Donald Trump has announced his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

In this January 29, 2018, photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department in Washington.

The White House said that Trump wanted a fresh approach to his administration's diplomatic efforts, and wanted to have his team in place in time for negotiations with North Korea. Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen. "He went on to serve in the US House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle".

He later served in the US Army, ultimately reaching the rank of captain before leaving to attend Harvard Law School, graduating in 1994.

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA.

In a statement to the Washington Post, President Trump praised both intelligence leaders, saying both had worked together and developed a "great mutual respect". "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well".

The dramatic move was apparently part of a cabinet re-shuffle planned by the president ahead of possible talks with North Korea, a USA officials said.

Gina Haspel will become the first woman director of the CIA, Trump said. She would be the first woman in that role.

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