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," US president Donald Trump said on Twitter.
"I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said in a statement shortly before 9 a.m.
The president’s decision comes as his administration is preparing for high stakes and historic talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he and Tillerson had disagreements over key issues include the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson, Trump said, “had a different mindset. I think Rex is much happier now.”