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

First published March 13, 8:46 a.m. PT Updates, 9:34 a.m.: Adds news of Goldstein's dismissal; 10:06 a.m.: Adds statement from Goldstein about his departure.

Two U.S. officials say the White House has fired one of Rex Tillerson's top aides after he contradicted the official account of the secretary of state's dismissal by President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Pompeo, "will do a fantastic job!" and thanked Mr Tillerson for his service.

"I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

The Cabinet shakeup ends an often tumultuous tenure for Tillerson at the State Department, as well as a terse and publicly hard relationship with a president who often used social media to undercut foreign policy.

He had said, "Save your energy, Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" Speculation about his ouster has come in waves, including inOctober after NBC News reported that Tillerson had called Trump a "moron".

Reports had swirled since a year ago of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat. In the latest case, also consider Trump's need to zap the news cycle out of the Stormy Daniels storyline which he was simply unable to counter.

The changes come as Trump considers whether to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Iran deal that Pompeo has called "disastrous". "I've shared that with the president many times". He served as the organization's national president from 2010 to 2012.

The Associated Press's State Department reporter, Josh Lederman, who was on a plane returning from Africa with Tillerson, indicated no one on board knew this was coming.

McEntee is a focus of a Department of Homeland Security investigation into financial crimes, per CNN. Trump had reportedly asked Tillerson to step aside, forcing the Secretary to cut short his trip to Africa. The secretary's team told Reuters that he returned to the deal with urgent work.

"Pompeo must explain to the American people how his promotion of someone allegedly involved in running a torture site squares with his own sworn promises to Congress that he will reject all forms of torture and abuse". He met with Russian President Vladimir Putin multiple times before becoming secretary of state.

Tillerson is also known for his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. Tillerson reportedly referred to Trump as a "moron" previous year and Trump has hit back repeatedly on foreign policy, most recently in announcing the meeting with North Korean leader Kim hours after Tillerson said this was not on the horizon. She will be the first woman to head that agency if confirmed.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden tweeted about Haspel's role in the Central Intelligence Agency program and her role in the destruction of the tapes of the interrogations.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. A promotion to run clandestine operations had been blocked by Sen. Once he does, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan will take over temporarily until Pompeo is confirmed, the White House said.

While in Kenya, Tillerson canceled events he was scheduled to undertake in Nairobi on Saturday, the second day of his three-day visit to the country. The GOP holds a 52-48 margin in the Senate.

Mr Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumours of strain between them.

  • Leroy Wright