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United States President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, naming Mike Pompeo as his replacement.
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Mr. Trump tweeted that his new state secretary, a position considered the top diplomatic role for the U.S., would do “a fantastic job”.
Tillerson has only been in the role for just over a year, and Department of State spokesman Steve Goldstein said that the secretary “had every intention of staying, because of critical progress made in national security.”
Mr. Goldstein says Tillerson did not speak to the president since being fired and “is unaware of the reason”, however, Trump tweeted “thank you” for state secretary’s service.
To replace the vacancy left by intelligence chief Pompeo, the U.S. president nominated Gina Haspel as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
In regards to why Trump dropped Tillerson, the president said he had differences that came down to personal “chemistry” between the two.
In a statement given shortly after 2 p.m., Mr. Tillerson said he is formally ending his tenure as state secretary on Mar. 31 at midnight.
Tillerson spoke on achievements by the State Department under his leadership, gave warnings regarding Russia, and said he would delegate all his responsibilities by the end of the day to state deputy, John Sullivan.
“Russia must assess carefully as to how its actions are in the best interest of the Russian people and of the world more broadly,” ” he told gathered reporters in Washington.
“Continuing on their current trajectory will likely to lead to greater isolation on their part.”
“To my foreign service officers, and civil service colleagues, we all took the same oath of office, whether you are career, employee or a political appointee, we are all bound by that common commitment.”
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Rex Tillerson’s statement via Ruptly on YouTube.
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