Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo
President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.
It was the first meeting between Pompeo and Tillerson since Trump' s decision to fire the former Exxon Mobil CEO last week following a series of rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, a U . S . official said. (Additional reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Alistair Bell and James Dalgleish).
Rex W. Tillerson , a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, had been among President Trump’ s most well-regarded cabinet choices. Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo , the C.I.A. director and former Tea Party congressman, who forged a close relationship with
U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, will meet with Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday before heading to the Capitol to start trying to win confirmation from the Senate, a U.S. official said.
It will be the first meeting between Pompeo, who is leaving his post as CIA director, and Tillerson since Trump's decision to fire the former Exxon Mobil CEO last week following a series of rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran.
The Latest: Officials say White House fired Tillerson aide
Two U.S. officials say the White House has fired one of Rex Tillerson's top aides after he contradicted the official account of the secretary of state's dismissal by President Donald Trump.The officials said Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, was informed of the move shortly after he released a statement in his name saying that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his termination. Goldstein had also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump's tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department.
Tillerson and Mike Pompeo , who' s currently the CIA director, are expected to meet on Monday. "There is no anger between those two. Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, who will serve as acting secretary until Pompeo is confirmed by the Senate and takes office, held a meeting to lay out a transition plan
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will meet with outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on Monday after the former was picked to be Tillerson ' s replacement.
Pompeo will then head to Congress for meetings with senators ahead of his nomination hearing sometime in April. On Monday, he will meet with Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold his confirmation hearing.
Corker said last week that he did not know Pompeo, and might have met him only once.
Although Pompeo was backed by two-thirds of the Senate early last year when Trump nominated him to be CIA director, his confirmation this time could be more complicated. Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority in the Senate. One Republican, Senator Rand Paul, another member of the foreign relations committee, has already said he will not vote for him.
Democrats have said it is too early to predict how they will vote on Pompeo before they meet with him or hold his hearing.
Tillerson has continued to work from his office at the State Department despite being fired by Trump, who publicly announced his decision on Twitter. Tillerson, whose official departure is on March 31, handed his day-to-day responsibilities to deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who held meetings with South Korean and Japanese officials on North Korea last week.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by David Gregorio)
Tillerson urges 'kindness' in farewell remarks at State .
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday praised the work of the agency's employees and urged kindness in the face of what he called "a very mean-spirited town." Speaking to department personnel in what are likely to be his last remarks as the nation's chief diplomat, Tillerson emphasized values of respect and dignity, and called for employees to perform "one act of kindness" each day. "This can Speaking to department personnel in what are likely to be his last remarks as the nation's chief diplomat, Tillerson emphasized values of respect and dignity, and called for employees to perform "one act of kindness" each day.