There have been rumblings that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on his way out, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that to happen today! But here we are. It’s happening, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo will be his replacement.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Whoa. This is wild. Apparently, he made this decision quickly because he wants a new team before his big meeting with North Korea.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 13, 2018
In a statement released by the White House, Pompeo said: “I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as secretary of state. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity.”
Trump said he is naming Gina Haspel the new director of the CIA. Haspel has served as Pompeo’s deputy and will become the first woman to serve as director.
“I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Haspel said in a statement.
SPECIAL REPORT: President Trump has confirmed that he is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson was formerly Exxon CEO. @MajorCBS has more: https://t.co/Pc1yucRgZ5 pic.twitter.com/rNvDBuacQr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 13, 2018
Pompeo is a great choice to replace SOS Rex Tillerson. https://t.co/fYU1vlhRI3
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) March 13, 2018
Rex Tillerson asked to step aside. Mike Pompeo named new Secretary of state. this was a long time coming.
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) March 13, 2018
President Trump has announced that Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, will become the nation's new Secretary of State. "He will do a fantastic job!"
The president then thanked Rex Tillerson for his service.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 13, 2018
We’ll continue to update you as this madness unfolds!
h/t Fox News