Rex Tillerson, outgoing US Secretary of State. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Rex Tillerson told national TV today that he got a call from President Trump around noon, roughly three hours after being fired on Twitter.
Trump at 8:44 am today: "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!"
Flashback: Axios on October 7..."Trump advisors and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo..."
Tillerson's parting words:
Pompeo's potential successor: CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, who would be the first female director of the CIA. She once ran one of the CIA's "black site" prisons in Thailand where Al Qaeda terror suspects were subjected to torture techniques. [Go deeper]
CFR president Richard Haass writes for Axios on the task ahead for Pompeo:
P.S. State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein was fired Tuesday after issuing a statement saying Rex Tillerson had not spoken with the president prior to being fired.
P.P.S. "Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday after being denied a security clearance over financial problems in his background." [W.S.J.]
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