Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Fired

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Fired

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, The Washington Post reported, ending a tumultuous tenure as America's top diplomat that was marked by a series of public disagreements with his boss - President Donald Trump. The secretary cut short his diplomatic trip to Africa, returning to Washington, DC, on Monday. He added, "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

"I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State", Pompeo said in a statement.

"I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State", Trump told the newspaper.

The move comes just hours after the former secretary of state Rex Tillerson appeared to veer away from the official White House line to declare that Russian Federation was probably behind an attempt to poison a former double agent, adding that the perpetrators should face punishment.

Trump had not offered an explanation for the change at the time of the announcement.

Trump announced the removal of Tillerson on social media Tuesday morning.

This is a developing story.

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