Photo collage made on March 13, 2018 showing, on the left, Rex Tillerson on February 15, 2018, and, on the right, Mike Pompeo on January 12, 2017
Donald Trump announced in a tweet early Tuesday the departure of his diplomat Rex Tillerson, replaced as Secretary of State by the current director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
Donald Trump wanted a new team before the historic negotiations with North Korea, said a senior US official.
The US president has also appointed Gina Haspel as head of the intelligence agency. She becomes the first woman to become the director.
„Mike Pompeo, the CIA Director, will become our new Secretary of State, he will do a fantastic job!“ Thanks to Rex Tillerson for his services Gina Haspel will become the new CIA Director, the first woman to be elected to the position. Congratulations to all!“ tweeted the US president.
„As director of the CIA, Mike has garnered the praise of members of both our parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our offensive and defensive capabilities, and building strong ties with our intelligence community allies.“ he also said in a statement.
Mike Pompeo said he was „deeply grateful“.