Iran Agreement, Jerusalem, Paris Climate Deal, when to talk to North Korea, Qatar’s dispute with other Gulf states, it seems Rex Tillerson has disagreed with President Trump on major foreign policy issues more than he agreed. And it’s the bosses opinion that matters, so Rex had to go.
Just before nine on Tuesday the 13th the President tweeted:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
According to the White House, Mr. Tillerson would remain in the job to help with the transition.
“The president wanted to make sure the transition happens before the conversation takes place with North Korea, and with the trade issues taking effect,” an official said.
On his way to Air Force One President Trump spoke to the press and praised both Tillerson and Pompeo:
President Trump: “I wish Rex Tillerson well… I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man… We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things.” https://t.co/TYsY77tQUx pic.twitter.com/S1AH8OhWBy
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2018