Trump's pick for new CIA chief dogged by secret prisons

Rex Tillerson Out as Secretary of State, Pompeo to Replace Him

President Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with Mike Pompeo

President Trump has announced that he will nominate Mr. Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

A State Department spokeswoman and former Fox and Friends co-host will replace a top aide to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who contradicted the official account of how Tillerson was sacked Tuesday.

In a farewell speech, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanked career diplomats, servicemembers and the American people, but did not thank President Donald Trump, who fired him hours earlier via tweet.

Speaking from the agency's briefing room Tuesday, Tillerson said his priority is to ensure a smooth transition.

Trump wanted his new team in place ahead of talks with North Korea and ongoing trade negotiations, a senior White House official said. On Tuesday, Trump confirmed in a Tweet that this switch would indeed take place, and that long-time Central Intelligence Agency veteran Gina Haspel would replace Pompeo and become the first woman to be Central Intelligence Agency director.

Trump told reporters Tuesday morning he and Tillerson "have been talking about this for a long time", and they "got along quite well", but they have a different mindset and different thinking. She is a veteran CIA clandestine officer backed by many in the US intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities. "It's Trump's line", said another European diplomat.

"I'm not sure how strong a force Tillerson was on the question of the Iran deal so the underlying assumption that Tillerson is keeping Trump in the Iran deal, I'm not sure that's the real story", Murphy told Al-Monitor.

Tillerson was ousted barely four hours after he returned from an Africa mission and with no face-to-face conversation with the president, the latest casualty of an unruly White House that has seen multiple top officials depart in recent weeks. When Trump ultimately accepted Kim's invitation for a meeting, Tillerson was in Ethiopia, though he said he spoke with Trump at 2:30 a.m., shortly before it was announced.

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"I have spent a couple days out to the CIA actually reading the raw intelligence, actually reading what we were basing this on".

"Trump is ours!" a Russian state journalist declared after Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just hours after Tillerson publicly criticized Russia for allegedly attacking an ex-spy in the United Kingdom using a military-grade nerve agent.

Journalists travelling home from Africa with Mr Tillerson said there was "zero indication" he knew his departure was imminent, and state department officials confirmed to USA media that he had not spoken with Mr Trump before the announcement.

Pompeo's best chance for success lies in persuading his boss that he is not, as Trump once said, "the only one that matters" in foreign policy. Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation. He agreed with the UK's assessment that Russia was behind the attack against a former Russian spy in Salisbury, but the White House was unwilling to call out Russia.

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there. Rather than informing Comey in person or by phone, Trump sent his longtime bodyguard-turned-director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller to the Justice Department to deliver a letter notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation head he was done.

Goldstein said, "We wish Secretary Pompeo well". "I'm very aware of the relationship", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican.

"I will now return to private life, private citizen, a proud American, proud of the opportunity I've had to serve my country".

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