A State Department official who revealed that Tillerson learned of his firing through Twitter was also fired today. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the move.
During his farewell address, Tillerson confirmed reports that he didn't receive a call from Trump until around noon - more than three hours after news broke that he had been replaced. "We will be at the center of providing the intelligence picture to the president and to the secretary of state, so that each of them can understand how it is we can most likely achieve the president's objective".
Trump said in a written statement that, at the State Department, Pompeo "will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time, we got along, actually, quite well but we disagreed on things, ' Trump told the media before leaving for California, where he plans to visit eight models for the border wall with Mexico". "When you look at the Iran deal. We do see it and you need to stop", Tillerson said in the Fox interview. "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world". "One officially published cable from 15 July 2002 suggests that as Chief of Base, Gina Haspel was the only person with the authority to end the torture of Abu Zubaydah".
Tillerson's final departure date has yet to be determined, the officials said.
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As a result, he said he "was up most of that night".
Confirmation hearings for Pompeo and Haspel are expected to be scheduled for next month. After joining the Trump administration, Tillerson appeared to signal his interest in sticking with the Paris deal. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
According to NBC News, Tillerson said late Monday night that the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom appeared to have "clearly" come from Russia, though whether it was done with the knowledge of the Russian government was not yet known. Shannon, the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, has said he will stay on until a replacement is found.
Tillerson, former chief executive of the Exxon Mobil oil giant, had been at odds with Trump almost from the beginning of his nearly 14-month tenure. He has also criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and potential ties to his campaign.
Tillerson's sacking comes shortly after Trump, without consulting his top diplomat, made a decision to accept an invitation to talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un on resolving the Korean nuclear stand-off. More recently, reports indicated that Tillerson was shocked to hear about Trump's planned meetings with North Korea. Tillerson told Kelly that if he was going to be fired, he wanted to hear it from Mr. Trump himself.