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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning said he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with former CIA director Mike Pompeo

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo is President Donald Trump's pick to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that Mike Pompeo's confirmation hearing for secretary of state will be in April, but didn't specify a specific date.

CBS News reports that Tillerson was leaving his Africa trip early to return back to Washington to talk with Mr. Trump and connect on developments in North Korea, which he was largely left out of as the White House announced it would be taking up talks with the regime sometime in May. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!" President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson didn't have it.

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

"She was the acting director for operations when I arrived, and she has a wealth of experience and background, and she has more than three decades experience overseas as well as at headquarters, ' said Brennan, saying she enjoyed 'tremendous respect" in the agency. He said he and Tillerson "disagree on things", and he and Pompeo had "a very good chemistry right from the beginning".

Trump conceded Tuesday that he and Tillerson often were not on the same page. Trump had previously berated Tillerson publicly on Twitter, saying he was wasting his time talking to North Korea, a line that had led the secretary of state to remark (just before Trump changed his mind) that there was no immediate prospect of talks with North Korea. "I wish him all the best in his future endeavors".

Donald Trump removes Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confer during a working lunch with African leaders during the U.N. Mr Pompeo issued a statement saying he was "looking forward" to representing the President.

Tillerson's reponse broke with the White House line, which stopped short of blaming Russian Federation for the attack.

But over time, many lawmakers grew to appreciate Tillerson as a relatively steady hand in the chaotic Trump administration.

Tillerson, like most in the administration, seemed to be blindsided by Trump's acceptance of a meeting with the North Korean dictator. 'If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office'.

He also said he is confident that Pompeo will be confirmed by the Senate.

It was telling that the White House announced the personnel moves through an increasingly common playbook: A leak, a tweet and written statements from those involved.

Later, her name was on the order to carry out the destruction of videotapes of the interrogation, the New York Times reported, although the agency said her superior, Jose Rodriguez, head of the clandestine service, had made the decision.

Rumors of Tillerson's ouster first started late previous year, when reports that appeared to be targeted leaks from the White House emerged that Trump was souring on his secretary of state, following policy disputes and embarrassing leaks.

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.

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