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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a news conference in December

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a news conference in December

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he's naming Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump's announcement.

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In 2010, Pompeo defeated State Senator Jean Schodorf for the Kansas Republican primary for the 4th District Congressional seat.

The breaking point appears to be Trump's surprise announcement last week that he was willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to CBS News.

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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. Haspel will be the first woman to serve in the position.

Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Haspel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed. The GOP holds a 52-48 margin in the Senate.

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Tillerson came under scrutiny for his past business relationship with Russia President Vladimir Putin. He is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee and served as national president of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012.

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