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Trump ousts Rex Tillerson, replaces him with Mike Pompeo

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    US President Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson as secretary of state 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,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” the president added.

    According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Tillerson to leave the post last Friday. 

    Tillerson cut short his trip to Africa on Monday and returned to Washington, DC prompting questions about his future at the State Department.

    Trump said on Twitter that Deputy CIA Director Gina Hapsel will replace Pompeo as the head of the agency. He added that she is “the first woman so chosen”. 

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