Donald Trump sacks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

“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 Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" he tweeted.

Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service.

Tillerson's ouster was reported minutes before Trump's tweet by the Washington Post, though tensions between the two have simmered almost since Tillerson took the job in 2017.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo will take up the role, the President announced in a tweet. The secretary has generally been cut out of the loop on major foreign policy moves, like Trump's impulsive decision to meet with Kim Jong-un.

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Trump and Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobile, have reportedly been at odds for months. The Secretary of State had previously been forced to deny media reports that he called Mr Trump a "moron".

The two have also differed in their attitudes toward Russian Federation; while Trump prefers to give Vladimir Putin the benefit of the doubt on nearly everything, Tillerson has taken a more traditional and skeptical view of the country.

Tillerson is the latest high-ranking official in the Trump administration to resign.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state's comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.

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