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Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state

Tuesday - 13/03/2018 20:34
'Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!' Trump tweets, naming CIA head Mike Pompeo to the post
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that current CIA director Mike Pompeo, left, would replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that current CIA director Mike Pompeo, left, would replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA head Mike Pompeo, and has tapped Gina Haspel to lead the CIA.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump thanked Tillerson, and said Haspel will become the first woman director of the CIA.

It represents the biggest shakeup of the Trump cabinet so far and had been expected since last October, when reports surfaced about a falling out between Trump and Tillerson, 65, who left his position as chief executive of Exxon Mobil to join the administration.

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