President Trump has fired his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who had just returned from an official state tour of five African nations this morning.
President Donald Trump replaced him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after months of speculation surrounding Tillerson’s role in the Trump administration
In a tweet, Mr Trump thanked Mr Tillerson for “his service” as he put it.
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
Reporters for US media outlets, including the Washington Post and CNN, say Mr Tillerson was actually fired on Friday – the day he visited Djiboutiand Kenya.
Earlier Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson has several public disagreements, specifically over how to deal with North Korea. Trump told reporters that he and Tillerson “disagree on things,” and he singled out the Iran nuclear deal as an issue.
Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time. We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” he said. “When you look at the Iran deal — I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was okay. I wanted to either break it or do something. And he felt a little bit differently. So we were not really thinking the same.”