Dear Commons Community,
Reuters is reporting that President Trump has replaced U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, and has asked Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. As reported:
“The resignation represents the biggest shakeup of the Trump Cabinet so far and had been expected since last October when reports surfaced about a falling out between Trump and Tillerson, 65, who left his position as chief executive of Exxon Mobil to join the administration.
Trump publicly undercut Tillerson’s diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state’s comments about Russia appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.
Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea’s leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.
“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!” Trump said on Twitter. “
In my mind, Tillerson was one of the saner and more competent secretaries in the Trump cabinet.