US President Donald Trump Tuesday fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is currently on a visit to Africa.
In a surprise announcement, Trump said Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become the new Secretary of the State. The position, however, needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.
Tillerson, 65, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil was appointed last year on February 1. He had never previously held political office.
Trump also announced the appointment of Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to head the agency – the first woman selected for the top post.