Donald Trump announced Tuesday, March 13 in a tweet morning the departure of his head of diplomacy Rex Tillerson replaced by the current director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo . He also appointed Gina Haspel as head of the intelligence agency. She becomes the first woman to become the director.
"As director of the CIA, Mike earned the praise of members of both our parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our offensive and defensive capabilities, and by forging close ties with our allies in the intelligence community, "Donald Trump said in a statement. Mike Pompeo said he was "deeply grateful."
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 chosen. Congratulations to all!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Donald Trump wanted to change his team for negotiations with North Korea, said a senior US official to explain the sidelining of Rex Tillerson. Mike Pompeo takes the head of the State Department just days after the spectacular announcement of a summit meeting – including the venue, date and other details to be determined – between the US president and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
US President Donald Trump also raised disagreements with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his dismissal, citing Iran's nuclear issue in particular. "We got on well but we had disagreements," Trump said from the White House gardens, heading to California. "When you look at the Iranian nuclear deal: I thought it was horrible, he thought it was OK," he said.