Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 13 President Donald Trump holds a meeting with members of his cabinet including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Cabinet Room of the White House

Tillerson out at secretary of state, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo

Rex Tillerson has been ousted as secretary of state, with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo assuming the role, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning.

News of Tillerson's departure from the State Department came as the Secretary arrived back to Washington after his overseas visit to Africa, where he reaffirmed the U.S. -Africa relationship in spite of alleged vulgar comments made by the President about immigrants from African nations back in January. He will do a fantastic job! He added, "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

As the New York Times reported past year, "as a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand".

He also named Gina Haspel the new Central Intelligence Agency head.

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Both Pompeo and Haspel must be confirmed by the Senate.

The rejig comes amid the turbulent human resource management at the White House, with four Trump aides deserting him in the past fortnight. "He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Mr Pompeo issued a statement saying he was "looking forward" to representing the President.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confer during a working lunch with African leaders during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, September 20, 2017.

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