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Trump sacks Tillerson; appoints CIA chief as new Secretary of State

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today fired his Rex Tillerson, who is currently on a visit to Africa, and replaced him with CIA

"Mike Pompeo, of the CIA, will become our new He will do a fantastic job!" Trump tweeted, in a surprise announcement.

The position, however, needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.

"I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture. He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump said in a statement issued by the

"His experience in the military, Congress, and as of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation," the US added.

Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service.

"A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well," he said.

Tillerson, 65, the former of was appointed last year on February 1. He had never previously held political office.

The former chief forged multibillion-dollar deals with Russia's company, Rosneft, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Kremlin in 2013.

Trump also announced the appointment of Gina Haspel, the of the Central Intelligence Agency, to -- the first woman selected for the top post.

"Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect," Trump said, terming her elevation as "a historic milestone".

"will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!" he tweeted.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 18:55 IST