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Tillerson is the latest high ranking official to leave the Trump administration.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace him, Trump said on Twitter.
“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!” Trump wrote.
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
Tillerson is the latest Trump administration official to leave, joining a long list of people who have been ousted or resigned including: Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Steve Bannon, and Reince Priebus, among others.
The president asked the Secretary of State to leave his post on Friday, the Washington Post reports.
In a statement to the Post, Trump thanked Tillerson “for his service” and added that “a great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months.”
Tillerson and Trump’s relationship has been questioned for months, and reports late last year suggested the president had wanted to replace him with Pompeo.
Last year, the former secretary of state reportedly called Trump a “fucking moron” during a meeting last summer and came close to resigning following Trump’s bizarre speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree in July.
During a press conference following a fervor over the reports, Tillerson criticized the notion that he wanted to leave his position, but did not outright deny calling Trump a “moron.”
A senior White House official told reporters the changes came because “the president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations.”