Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary

Rex Tillerson in Chantilly, Virginia, October 5 2017Image copyright

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Mr Tillerson lasted in the job for just over a year

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do “a fantastic job”.

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

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