President Trump continues to re-write how things are done at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In a major shake-up of his cabinet, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter.
In his tweet, Trump also named CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement in the top spot at the State Department.
Tillerson has been increasingly at odds with the President, so his ouster does not come as a complete surprise to many White House observers.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
According to the Daily Mail:
The president, however, had clashed with Tillerson over and over again in the past year, seeing him as a relic of the Republican establishment at a time when the nation needed more unconventional thinking.
Tillerson raised eyebrows in Washington last year with reports that he had called Trump a ‘moron’ following a national security meeting in July about America’s nuclear posture.
He never directly denied making the caustic remark, leaving that to a State Department spokeswoman. Trump said the same day that he had ‘total confidence in Rex.’
Later that month, newly installed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis begged Tillerson to stay on.
Pompeo, who has already been confirmed by the Senate, has served as the CIA Director since the early days of the Trump Administration.
Trump lauded Pompeo’s service in a statement, reported by the Washington Post.
“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”