Rex Tillerson learned he was sacked from Donald Trump tweet

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

President Donald Trump has ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, tweeting in a surprise Tuesday morning announcement that Mr Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service, Mr Trump tweeted that his new top diplomat would do "a fantastic job".

Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting US president to do so.

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The two also disagreed on whether the USA should remain part of the Iran deal brokered in 2015 to stop the country's development of nuclear weapons. I wanted to break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently.

Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process". "I can tell you who is going to win", the president told Forbes magazine during an interview later. "I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture".

Haspel, who has extensive overseas experience, briefly ran a secret CIA prison where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former US intelligence officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was sacked. Golstein said that Tillerson had "every intention of staying".

The tensions peaked last Autumn amid reports Mr Tillerson had called Mr Trump a "moron" and considered resigning. Pompeo said he would consider reinstating it, although he couldn't imagine that Trump would ask him to.

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According to the Associated Press, Tillerson had returned from a shortened trip to Africa just hours before the announcement. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Trump announced the decision on Twitter today.

CBS News reports that Tillerson was leaving his Africa trip early to return back to Washington to talk with Mr. Trump and connect on developments in North Korea, which he was largely left out of as the White House announced it would be taking up talks with the regime sometime in May.

Mr Tillerson also won few plaudits from career diplomats for his performance at the State Department.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks at the FDD National Security Summit in Washington, DC, U.S., October 19, 2017. "I really appreciate his commitment to service and I'll be speaking to Rex over a long period of time".

Pompeo, 54, has been a key defender of the president's policies, from Iran to China, and has shown a fierce loyalty, including a proclivity to indulge some of Trump's views on controversial issues such as Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "Congratulations to all!" President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. Now it's clear he had one move in particular in mind.

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Working as a clandestine officer in Thailand in 2002, Haspel reportedly was involved in the interrogations of two suspects, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, several news outlets reported a year ago.

When Ms. Haspel was picked as the Deputy Director previous year, her career was lauded by veteran intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who recently retired.

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