Rex Tillerson Out as Trump's Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

“Mike Pompeo Director of the CIA will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted  FILE

“Mike Pompeo Director of the CIA will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted FILE

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, naming his successor current Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo. "He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted.

Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo will take up the role, the President announced in a tweet.

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Trump reportedly made the decision last week, summoning Tillerson home from a trip to Africa.

In a statement, Mr Trump said: "I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture".

The breaking point appears to be Trump's surprise announcement last week that he was willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to CBS News.

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It was reported by the Washington Post that Mr Tillerson was informed of his dismissal several days ago. The Secretary of State had previously been forced to deny media reports that he called Mr Trump a "moron". Tillerson was also often out of step with Trump on foreign policy, most notably with issues involving North Korea.

It was the latest shake up in Trump's administration.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks about Qatar at the State Department in Washington, Friday June 9, 2017.

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Trump had not offered an explanation for the change at the time of the announcement. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.

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