U.S. President Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State many hours after he met with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. President Trump announced the sacking of the ex-oil mogul on Twitter. He has been replaced with Mike Pompeo, the former director of Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.
Trump said: “Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA will become our new Secretary of State. He will a fatantastic 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!”
Just on Monday, March 12, Tillerson visited Nigeria while on tour of some African states. However, he had to cut short his tour – just after meeting Buhari – to return to Washington due to urgent state matters.
Reuters said a senior White House official said Trump asked Tillerson to step down on Friday but did not want to make it public while he was on a trip to Africa. Trump’s announcement came only a few hours after Tillerson landed in Washington after a trip that had been cut short.
The official said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, and wanted him in place before the U.S. president’s planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations.