Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

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On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, marking the biggest Cabinet shake-up yet in an administration already defined by high turnover and internal turmoil.

Russian senators have expressed cautious optimism over Donald Trump's announcement of Mike Pompeo as the new U.S. Secretary of State. It is a surprising one, however: Tillerson had survived months of antagonism from President Trump, and there was no particular reason to think that this was the moment when the ax would fall. Trump tweeted at 8:44 a.m. EST.

While Tillerson has been critical of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and its intervention from Ukraine to Syria, Pompeo has at times bolstered Trump's view that inquiries into Russian election meddling is a "witch hunt" meant to undercut his presidency.

While some intelligence officers have said that Pompeo tends to tell Trump what he wants to hear rather than giving him their assessments, others say they have been impressed by his intellect, willingness to listen and advocacy of more robust covert operations.

He cited the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreements with Mr Tillerson and said he and Mr Pompeo have "a similar thought process". I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently. "So we were not thinking the same".

Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has already been confirmed by the Senate for his current role at the Central Intelligence Agency, making it extremely likely that he will be confirmed for the State Department role. There, he reaffirmed the U.S. - Africa relationship in spite of alleged vulgar comments made by the president about immigrations from African nations in January.

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The secretary of state was on an official tour of Africa last week when he was caught unawares by Mr Trump's agreement to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny claims he planned to quit, though he did not address a report that he had referred to his boss as a moron after a Pentagon meeting.

A top State Department official said Trump never explained to Tillerson the reason why he was sacked. "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world".

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, said in a statement that he spoke with Pompeo by phone on Monday morning.

"I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon", Corker said in a statement.

It was reported past year that Rex Tillerson had used that word to describe Donald Trump, a clear indication of the hard relationship the two men had. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well". If confirmed, she would become the CIA's first female director. She was only recently named deputy director. A CIA spokesman said when asked about the issue a year ago that Pompeo's decision was aimed at stopping the "dangerous leaks and insider threats" that he saw emanating from the agency when he was a member of the House Intelligence Committee. I can hardly wait.

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