Trump never gave reason for firing Tillerson - official

Politics 3/13/2018, 3:44 PM
Trump never gave reason for firing Tillerson - official

United States President Donald Trump never explained to outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason for deciding to fire him, Steve Goldstein, US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy said. According to the official, Tillerson had wanted to keep the post and had no intention of resigning.

Earlier, the US president announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace Tillerson as the secretary of state, while Gina Haspel will take over as the head of the intelligence agency. Trump explained his decision to let Tillerson go by claiming the two had "different mindsets."

The Tillerson sacking comes just days after the news of a planned meeting between President Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong-un emerged and marks the latest in a string of Trump administration officials leaving their positions. Last week, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn announced they will be stepping down.

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