Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted Tuesday after months of strained relations with President Donald Trump, who sometimes used tweets to disparage the former Exxon Mobil CEO's efforts at worldwide diplomacy.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State.

Trump's statement did not mention Tillerson, with whom he has been at odds on issues ranging from North Korea to steel and aluminum tariffs throughout the first 14 months of his administration.

Trump said he is nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with nuclear-armed North Korea.

Tillerson also opposed Trump's decision this month to impose tariffs on certain steel and aluminum imports.

Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny reports that he was considering quitting, though he did not comment on a report that he had called his boss a moron after a meeting last July at the Pentagon.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside. "Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the US Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle". "Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect".

Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State hours after Rex Tillerson backed the UK's claim that the Salisbury nerve agent attack was "highly likely" to have originated in Russian Federation.