Trump sacks Rex Tillerson, appoints Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo Secretary of State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turns away from a podium after making a statement at the State Department in Washington D.C. on Oct. 4 2017 in which he did not deny having called President Trump a

President Trump is pushing out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to a report Tuesday. The secretary cut short his diplomatic trip to Africa, returning to Washington, DC, on Monday.

Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobile CEO, has always been rumored to be unhappy with Trump's constant undermining of the State Department's stance on issues.

President Trump is pushing out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo. Trump announced the decision on Twitter today. She will be the first woman to take that role. He will do a fantastic job!

Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. The President has not yet given any explanation for the change.

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Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting US president to do so.

Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Haspel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

CBS North Carolina will update this story as it develops.

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