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Trump removes Tillerson, names Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State

 
Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
United States President Donald Trump today removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and said he would be replaced by Mr. Mike Pompeo, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
 
"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" Mr. Trump said on micro-blogging site Twitter today.
 
"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!" he added.
 
Ms. Haspel is the Deputy Director of the CIA.
 
Media reports quoted Mr. Trump as telling journalists outside the White House today that his differences with Mr. Tillerson were about personal "chemistry".
 
"We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things," he said. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same," he said.
 
"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. I think it's going to go very well. Rex is a very good man I like Rex a lot," Mr. Trump said.
 
Mr. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in as Director of the CIA on January 23, 2017. Before that, he was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee as well as on the Energy and Commerce Committees. In 2014, Mr. Pompeo was also appointed to the House Select Benghazi Committee to investigate the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya.
 
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Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace, where he served as CEO for more than a decade. He later became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.
 
Mr. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Mr. Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
 
Mr. Tillerson, 65, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was sworn in as the 69th U.S. Secretary of State on February 1, 2017.
 
After taking a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Tillerson joined Exxon Company in 1975 as a production engineer. He rose through the ranks to become president of the corporation and a member of the board of directors in 2004, and served as ExxonMobil's chairman and chief executive officer from 2006 to 2016.
 
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