Months of rumors that his job was on the chopping block did not soften a rough landing for Rex Tillerson as he flew home early from an official five-country tour of Africa.
Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, said the Senate confirmation process for Pompeo should be "vigorous".
Tillerson's ouster had been rumored for months, as Trump and Tillerson rarely seemed to be on the same page concerning the White House's foreign policy, but the news still came as a shock to most in Washington.
On Tuesday afternoon, Trump mentioned the Iran deal when asked by reporters about the high-level shakeup: "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad; I guess [Tillerson] thought it was OK".
If Pompeo is approved for the top spot at the State Department, experts expect the US could formally withdraw from the Iran deal, which provided billions of dollars' worth of sanction relief to the country in exchange for its promise to scale back its nuclear program.
Tillerson's exit had been rumored for some time, given his repeated disagreements with Trump on foreign policy.
Similarly, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has also called on Trump to consider exiting the deal, said he will "enthusiastically support" Pompeo's nomination in a statement today.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a "great decision" for next secretary of state.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Tillerson was appointed to represent the United States and carry out President Trump's agenda.
The president is adding that Tillerson will be "much happier now", and he appreciates his service. "I made the North Korea decision with consultations from many people, but I made that decision by myself", he said.
As undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Goldstein was the fourth highest ranking official at the State Department.
Onetime chief of staff Reince Priebus learned he was being replaced by John Kelly last summer from Twitter.
Tillerson said he'd turn over all responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan "effective at the end of the day".
Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday, although it was unclear who did the firing.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono had been planning a trip to the United States later this week to hold talks with Tillerson about the latest developments in North Korea. To say this president has a devil of a time finding that team is a gross understatement.
The Trump approach has been one of uncertainty and unpredictability and certainly we will see a little bit of the same in Pompeo taking over State Department. "He will do a fantastic job!" The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
Then there was the flap over Tillerson allegedly calling Trump a "moron".