BREAKING: REX TILLERSON IS OUT – Mike Pompeo Will Be the New Secretary of State
Just received word from President Trump.
“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,” Trump said on his Twitter account moments ago.
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
John Roberts of Fox News is reporting that Rex Tillerson was asked to step aside last Friday. This would explain the Tillerson “drama” overseas through last weekend where he was “sick” and could not sleep for two days.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will return to the U.S. a day earlier than planned after getting sick in Kenya.
A State Department official told reporters in Africa he has work he needs to do back in Washington, according to Bloomberg.
But Bloomberg also noted that Tillerson got sick over the weekend and had to cancel some events. An official said Tillerson went two days without sleep.
Tillerson is expected to be in Chad and Nigeria on Monday, but was not expected to stay overnight in Nigeria as first planned.
Haspel, new CIA Director, is a 32 year veteran of the CIA. She is supported by Obama era officials like Clapper and Morell, according to Jake Tapper.
Should also note the strong support for her among Obama era CIA and intel folks such as Clapper and Morell
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018
Mike Pompeo said in a statement moments ago, “If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world’s finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President’s foreign policy.”