13 Mar '18, 12pm

BREAKING: Trump ousts Rex Tillerson out, Mike Pompeo is new US Secretary of State

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG, AFP) – US President Donald Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said on Tuesday (March 13). The US president announced his decision via Twitter on Tuesday (March 13) - shortly after Mr Tillerson returned to Washington from a week-long trip to Africa. The 65-year-old Tillerson took a middle-of-the-night phone call from White House chief of staff John Kelly last Friday (March 9) during his Africa trip, telling him that the president was planning to replace him, according to two officials. He then spent the weekend fighting for his job between stops in Africa. Still, a top State Department official said Mr Tillerson was blindsided by Trump’s telling th...

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