President Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that he dumped his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“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 wrote on Twitter moments before he was to depart the White House for a trip to California.
Trump said he didn’t consult Tillerson, who was visiting US allies in Africa, before firing him.
“I made that decision by myself. You know Rex wasn’t in this country,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to board Marine One. “I made this decision by myself.”
The president said he and Tillerson didn’t see eye to eye, especially over the Iran nuclear deal, but that he and Pompeo have a “similar thought process.”
Pompeo has “tremendous energy, tremendous intellect, we’re always on the same wavelength. The relationship has been very good. … I think Mike Pompeo will be a truly great secretary of state.”
Trump wished Tillerson well and said, “I think he will be a lot happier now.”