Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Trump sacks Tillerson as US Secretary of State few hours after visit to Nigeria

U.S. President Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Gina Haspel will take over as director of the CIA, Trump said.

Trump announced the removal of Tillerson on social media Tuesday morning.

“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!”

Tillerson’s firing comes after the now-former secretary of state returned to the U.S. from a shortened trip to Africa where he also visited Nigeria.


Tillerson and President Buhari held meeting on Monday in Aso Rock.

Buhari had after the meeting said the Federal Government preferred the option of negotiation to rescue the abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls.

In a statement, the president said he’s “confident” Pompeo “is the right person for the job at this critical juncture.”

“He will continue our program of restoring America’s standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said in the statement. “His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation.”

On why he sacked Tillerson, Trump said Tillerson spoke ill about Russia President, Vladimir Putin despite his warning.

“I just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yesterday Rex said something mean about Putin.

“I’ve warned every American that under no circumstances was anyone allowed to criticize Putin or Russia (even if they committed acts of war against us). Mike Pompeo will replace Rex,” Trump tweeted

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