President Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma at a hotel in Nairobi Kenya Friday March

President Donald Trump announced early Tuesday morning that he had ousted Rex Tillerson from his position as Secretary of State.

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

He continued, "Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

In his time at the Central Intelligence Agency, the former Kansas congressman said, "I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom". "Congratulations to all!" the president wrote in a tweet.

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Trump reportedly made the decision last week, summoning Tillerson home from a trip to Africa.

Trump also announced that Gina Haspel would replace Pompeo as CIA director - making her the first woman to ever head the country's top spy agency. Both Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Haspel will require Senate confirmation.

The rejig comes amid the turbulent human resource management at the White House, with four Trump aides deserting him in the past fortnight. Later that evening, Trump said he would meet Kim by May to discuss the future of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Tillerson is also deeply unpopular within the State Department for his imperious management style and disregard for the traditions of diplomacy, which has led to a steady level of attrition throughout his tenure. In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July.

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