President Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with Mike Pompeo

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Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July.

Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

Mr Trump last Friday asked Mr Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

Tillerson is also deeply unpopular within the State Department for his imperious management style and disregard for the traditions of diplomacy, which has led to a steady level of attrition throughout his tenure.

Shortly afterwards Trump named CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson's successor.

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Goldstein said, "We wish Secretary Pompeo well". The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

Following are five facts about U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, who President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced will replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Haspel has served as Pompeo's deputy and will become the first woman to serve as director. Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumors of strain between them.

Tillerson just returned from a trip overseas to Chad and Nigeria, before cutting his trip short to refocus on North Korea.

Mr Trump offered no explanation for the change.

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