THE WASHINGTON TIMES – DAVE BOYER
President Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Tuesday and is replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” the president tweeted. “Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”
DID TRUMP TREAT TILLERSON WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT BY FIRING HIM VIA TWITTER?
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He announced that deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel will become the new director, and the first woman so chosen. Both Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Haspel will require Senate confirmation.
“Congratulations to all!” the president said.
There was frequent friction between the president and Mr. Tillerson. The move comes after the secretary of State asserted Monday night that Russia “clearly” was responsible for the poisoning of a former British spy, a statement that went well beyond comments from the White House.