Trump fires Tillerson as US Secretary of State

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Mr. Trump said Mr. Pompeo "has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the global intelligence community", the president said in a statement.

US stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

The shake-up does not necessarily validate every detail of every report about Tillerson, but it does strike another blow to the credibility of Trump's "fake news" battle cry.

The Washington Post reports that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday, March 9 moments after he had arrived in Kenya.

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was sacked.

Pompeo is to be replaced at Central Intelligence Agency by Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy at Central Intelligence Agency.

"Congratulations to all!" the president said.

The decision comes shortly after the president agreed to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, a decision the president made without consulting with top officials in the Pentagon and State Department. "He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts", he said". "With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process". I guess that means we now get to see Trump unchained.

Trump's change puts an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal in charge of USA diplomacy as the president also dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea. The Post's Gearan, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker reported on October 4 that "the already tense relationship between the two headstrong men - one a billionaire former real estate developer, the other a former captain of the global oil industry - has ruptured into what some White House officials call an irreparable breach that will inevitably lead to Tillerson's departure, whether immediately or not". Trump designated White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director, but Cordray named a deputy director as his replacement, triggering a political and legal battle.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr. Trump's announcement. Most pressing of all: what to do about North Korea?

Even Tillerson himself had been reluctant to accept the position. Things went steeply south when it was reported that Tillerson had called Trump a moron, a claim that the secretary of state did not directly refute. While that may have improved the standing of an agency Trump attacked repeatedly during his presidential campaign and the transition, it also raised concerns about Pompeo's commitment to keep the CIA free of politics. "I would certainly trust the president and my comments far above those of other reporters".

In the next few weeks, the Trump administration will be involved in a high-stakes poker game with North Korea that is highly reminiscent of the backroom dealing that took place during the Cold War or summitry that takes place with China and other great powers. Last week, Trump's chief economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after the president announced he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.