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Rex Tillerson sacked as secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief

Rex Tillerson sacked as secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Pompeo will be replaced at the CIA by Gina Haspel, his deputy. She will be the first woman in that role.

"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!" the president tweeted.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement.




The president offered no explanation for the change.

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