Tillerson out as Secretary of State, Pompeo to replace him

ANI | Updated: Mar 13, 2018 19:00 IST

Washington [US], Mar 13 (ANI): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on Tuesday removed from service following a clash with President Donald Trump.

Trump in a tweet announced Tillerson's removal and said Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo would replace him.

"Mike Pompeo will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" the President tweeted.

Trump also said: "Gina Haspel would be the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!"

The development was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

The President in a statement urged Pompeo's "swift confirmation" and said his experience in US military, Congress, and the CIA have prepared him well for his new role.(ANI)