File photo taken on May 3, 2017 shows Rex Tillerson delivering a speech to State Department employees in Washington D.C., capital of the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday on his Twitter that Rex Tillerson will no longer serve as Secretary of State, and he will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. (Xinhua/Bao Dandan)
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he was replacing his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, chief of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" Trump tweeted, adding that Gina Haspel, Pompeo's deputy, would be the new director of the CIA as "the first woman so chosen."
The abrupt announcement came as Tillerson had just wrapped up his visit to Africa.