Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

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Of Mr. Tillerson, the president said only, "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service".

The biggest shakeup of Mr Trump's cabinet since he took office in January 2017 was announced by the president on Twitter as his administration prepares for an unprecedented meeting with the leader of North Korea.

Corker separately told reporters on Capitol Hill that he'd spoken with President Donald Trump and with Pompeo Tuesday morning and praised the decision.

"I think Rex will be much happier now", Trump said. "I thought it was bad, I guess, he feels it was OK". I wanted to break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently. "I can tell you who is going to win", the president told Forbes magazine during an interview later. "I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture".

President Trump is saying the opposite.

The Washington Post first reported the news, which the president quickly confirmed in a tweet.

The president has accepted an invitation, conveyed by South Korea, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un within the next two months to discuss denuclearization.

This forced the US Secretary of State to cut short his trip of Africa telling the media that he was sick.

Trump has been mulling plans to replace Tillerson since at least September, according to one administration official.

The 65-year-old arrived back in Washington before dawn on Tuesday to learn he was out of a job a few hours later.

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There had been longstanding rumors throughout most of Tillerson's tenure of friction between Trump and his secretary of state, a former Exxon Mobile Corp. CEO. McEntee was escorted out of the White House after he was sacked, reportedly for over an unspecified security issue. "Congratulations to all!" Trump tweeted. Now it's clear he had one move in particular in mind.

The top American diplomat was also set to tour Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

She oversaw a "black site" detention facility in Thailand where a Senate Intelligence Committee report found that Abu Zubaydah and other suspected al Qaeda extremists were subjected to waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, and other "special interrogation methods" widely considered torture.

Trump named Mike Pompeo, who had been Central Intelligence Agency director, as his new secretary.

Schumer says, "If he's confirmed, we hope that Mr. Pompeo will turn over a new leaf and will start toughening up our policies towards Russian Federation and Putin". If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first woman to hold the post.

Reports had swirled since a year ago of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat.

Speculation that Tillerson would be fired grew with those reports last fall, and the secretary of state never personally denied their accuracy.

In December, the secretary of state departed from administration talking points when he offered to begin direct talks with Pyongyang without preconditions. Where will this potential summit with North Korea take place?

In fact, according to a report by Fox News, the president chose to make this decision ahead of the expected upcoming summit between him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason" he was sacked, said Steve Goldstein, under secretary of state for public diplomacy and Public Affairs in a statement to ABC News.

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