Friday, June 22, 2018
News

Trump fires chief diplomat Tillerson after clashes, taps Pompeo

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

By Steve Holland and Roberta RamptonWASHINGTON | Tuesday, Mar 13 2018 IST
U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over issues including North Korea and Russia, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The biggest shakeup of Trump's Cabinet since he took office more than a year ago, which the president announced on Twitter, comes as the administration prepares for an unprecedented meeting with the leader of North Korea.

Trump tapped the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

Tillerson's departure caps months of tensions between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive.

On Monday Tillerson blamed Russia for the poisonings in England of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refrained from saying Moscow was responsible.

Tillerson was reported to have privately called Trump a "moron" in July after the president suggested a 10-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Tillerson declined to directly address whether he had made the comment, although a State Department spokeswoman later issued a denial.

A senior White House official said Trump asked Tillerson to step down on Friday but did not want to make it public while he was on a trip to Africa. Trump's announcement came only a few hours after Tillerson landed in Washington after a trip that had been cut short.

The official said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, and wanted him in place before the U.S. president's planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations.

Tillerson had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state. He appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's Kim.

U.S. stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

"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 said on Twitter.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office in January 2017. Others include strategist Steve Bannon, national security adviser Michael Flynn, FBI Director James Comey, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, health secretary Tom Price, communications directors Hope Hicks and Anthony Scaramucci, economic adviser Gary Cohn and press secretary Sean Spicer. REUTERS AKC1921

-- (Reuters) -- C-1-1-DL0432-1286555.Xml

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
India, EU stand shoulder to shoulder on ...
Merkel voices support for Lebanon's refo...
US willing to facilitate talks between K...
Heena Sidhu tops selection trial at KSS ...
Hamza Sharif's net assets worth over Rs ...
Trump comes to Melania's rescue over jac...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
'Yoga is India's gift to world'...
Mamata has mastered the art of political...
Fodder Scam judge robbed in Ranchi...
Horses can read your face!...
Interfaith passport issue: Official says...
Congress appoints 3 new secretaries for ...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
North, South Korea begin talks on r... 
Heist films are like superhero movi... 
Chinese yuan weakens against US dol... 
White House unveils major plan to r... 
Brazil SC allows political satire d... 
US military asked to house migrant ... 
Encounter between security forces, ... 
Police chiefs meet for UN Police su...