BREAKING: Trump Fires Secretary of State Tillerson Hours After Leaving Nigeria
U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, got fired by President Donald Trump hours after visiting Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who has a history of not sacking his officials even over corrupt practices.
Trump replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“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!,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.
The Washington Post first reported the news, saying that Trump had asked Tillerson to resign last Friday.
According to the Post, Trump wanted to replace Tillerson before he began talks with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
Tillerson who was on a shuttle of five African countries made it to only Kenya and Nigeria where he kept his itinerary brief following reports of his being unwell.
Tillerson had cancelled most of his schedule in Kenya last Saturday due to illness.
Tillerson arrived in Nairobi on Friday as part of a five-nation tour of Africa that includes Ethiopia, Chad, Nigeria and Djibouti.
"The Secretary is feeling better and will resume his normal schedule tomorrow (Sunday)," Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told the pool reporters traveling with the secretary.