In a surprise announcement made on his Twitter account at 7:44 am central time on Tuesday morning, President Trump announced that Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo is in.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The former Exxon CEO served in his post as Secretary of State for barely a year, and was said to be frequently on the outside of major foreign policy decisions made by President Trump.
Reports indicated that he was not aware that President Trump had arranged to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in person until after the announcement was made public last week.