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Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo


President Trump has removed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and replaced him with C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo.

The surprise announcement came Tuesday morning.

The president thanked Tillerson and announced his replacement on Twitter.

"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time we got along actually quite well - but we disagreed on things," President Trump said of Tillerson shortly after the announcement. 

Secretary of State Tillerson had just returned from a trip to several countries in Africa, and reportedly learned he'd been fired through the President's tweet.

Tillerson had said earlier he would not quit his position, despite reports of disagreements with the White House. 

Tillerson said he is delegating his responsibilities to deputy tonight and will formally step down at the end of the month.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were caught off guard as well.

"At some level, this revolving door, the reshuffling, the constant change indicates a lack of stability and consistency that breeds chaos," said Connecticut's Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was fired.
The undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, Steve Goldstein, says Tillerson "had every intention of staying" in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security.
Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday. The sources weren't authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.
But Goldstein says Tillerson "did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason."
Goldstein says Tillerson will miss his colleagues at the State Department and the foreign ministers he worked with.
Trump named Mike Pompeo, who had been CIA director, as his new secretary.
Goldstein said, "We wish Secretary Pompeo well."

--Contributed by AP writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Lee and Ken Thomas

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