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Trump fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State



Trump fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State - BellaNaija

Rex Tillerson. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who just visited Nigeria, has been let go by the Donald Trump administration.

Trump announced the move on his Twitter, writing:

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!

A senior administrative official who spoke to the New York Times, said the decision was made for Trump to have a new team in place before upcoming talks with Kim Jong-un.

Mike Pompeo, who is the current director of the CIA, will replace Tillerson.

Pompeo, on his part, will be replaced by Gina Haspel, who will become the first female director of the CIA.

A statement released by the White House said:

As Director of the C.I.A., Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the international intelligence community.

I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture,” he continued. 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

Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images


  1. Lilo

    March 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Trump is savage tho. I mean the guy is still touring sub Saharan Africa and only found out on Twitter that he no loyhas a job. Lol

    • Lilo

      March 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      No longer *

  2. Babym

    March 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Buhahahahahahahaha ooooh America!!!! Who did this to you ooo ??. The President of the United States (PUTIN) fired Tillerson. Tillerson should’ve just quit on his own when he called trump a moron lol

    • Leah

      March 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      The UK, a US ally accused Russia (a US adversary) of poising their ex spy. The White House refused to back the UK while Tillerson did. Hours later Tillerson is fired on twitter without the man even knowing. This was exactly an order from the Master in Moscow to his orange puppet in the White House.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 13, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      @Leah, meanwhile, Theresa May has now publicly made up with Russia.

      Goepolitical drama these days, ehnnn…. very interesting sturvvs….

  3. Mondela

    March 13, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    You can’t even take America seriously these days, this sick president is making the country look like a joke.

  4. Ashie

    March 13, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Tillerson did not call Trump a Moron oo…he called him a f***kin Moron

    • Lilo

      March 13, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks for the clarification. Usually though, by the time you call your boss a f****kin moron , you shouldn’t be showing up to work after he’s heated about it and it’s made the headlines. Like T-Rex, you should had plenty of chance to quit more dramatically. Especially when money is the the last of your problems…you should have flown a plane of the Pennsylvania ave with a flag chucking the deuces at trump. I can’t believe he let him have he last word….

  5. FLeur

    March 14, 2018 at 1:19 am

    So his decades taking Exxon to the top gets overshadowed by his unceremonial sack while flying over Africa by someone he thinks is fing moron but still agreed to answer to. Guys, be careful about life choices. He will have to actually remind history class students that he was once more than an unceremoniously fired Sec of state

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