Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has been fired and immediately replaced by the CIA director, Mike Pompeo. 

Mr Tillerson was the former  chief executive of ExxonMobil,and was called to be Secretary of State by Donald Trump, just a year ago. In a decision that has shocked the Tillerson, Trump was reported to have called Tillerson to leave his job.


The president also has now nominated Gina Haspel to be the new director of the CIA, if accepted by congress, she will be the first woman to be the director of the agency.

There has been rumour back and forth that in the past about the disagreement with Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump, and Tillerson was reported to have allegedly called Donald Trump a moron, something he denied, amidst reports he was considering quitting the cabinet.

According to White House senior officials, the President has decided to fire Tillerson to hire new heads ahead talks between Trump and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea in May.

Trump tweeted about the firing here;



US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will skip the NATO meeting to be in Russia, and the purpose of his visit is not yet known. 

Tillerson meeting in Russia is taking place at a time the FBI said it is investigating the Trump campaign team and their activities during the 2016 campaign, with ties to Russia. According to the state department, Rex Tillerson will hold "meetings" in Russia after attending the group of seven talks in Italy in early April.


Tillerson is a well known Vladmir Putin friend, and has years of experience working with the Russian government. 

The visit to Russia will also mean Tillerson will skip a NATO foreign ministers' summit, slated for April 5-6. The first meeting for Tillerson since he emerged as secretary of state. 

The US president, Donald Trump has alleged that NATO has not been doing enough financially, and has once tagged the NATO as "obsolete"

It is a custom for the US secretary of state to attend the NATO's meeting, but the state department said Tom Shannon, an undersecretary of state would attend in Tillerson's absence.



After different speculation on who will be the secretary of state for President-elect Donald Trump administration, a source close to the transition team have said that Donald Trump is considering ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State nominee.

Donald Trump also makes the announcement via his Twitter page he would be announcing his pick for secretary of state on Tuesday.


The president elect described the ExxonMobil CEO as a big player in the world stage, while Democrats and Republicans have raised questions about his candidacy, because of his different ties to Russia.

While speaking with Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump praised Tillerson, and said, He is "much more than a business executive.""I mean, he's a world-class player, He's in charge of, I guess the largest company in the world. He's in charge of an oil company that's pretty much double the size of his next serious competitor."

Mitt Romney was one of the favourably considered for the position, and had met Trump twice, but he wrote on his Facebook account that he was out of consideration, also President-elect Donald Trump has reported to have called him personally and let him know that he would no longer be considered for the position.

Mitt wrote;


Also, another considered candidate, Rudy Giuliani, is also out of consideration after he told Trump personally not to no longer consider him for the position.