Trump appoints Tillerson as Secretary of State with Central Intelligence Agency director Pompeo

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, and had tapped Gina Haspel to lead the CIA.

A report by the Washington Post said that Tillerson was asked on Friday to step down from his post, which he assumed just over a year ago.

Tillerson navigated storms involving Trump's decision to cease implementing the Paris Climate Accord, escalating tensions with the North Korean regime, and questions over Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, ending a tumultuous tenure as America's top diplomat.

In 2010, Pompeo defeated State Senator Jean Schodorf for the Kansas Republican primary for the 4th District Congressional seat. If confirmed, she would be the first female head of the intelligence agency. He was approved by the full Senate on a 56-43 vote mostly along party lines on February 1.

Before issuing his statement, Tillerson called his British counterpart Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss the investigation into last week's attempt to kill former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southwest of England.

Tillerson earned a Distinguished Eagle Scout designation as a youth.