Donald Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

State Tillerson arrives at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Mr Tillerson was sworn in as Secretary of State in February 2017.

Tillerson and Trump have butted heads in the past, most notably when reports of Tillerson describing Trump as "a moron" broke in October.

Tillerson told reporters he is delegating all his authorities at the end of Tuesday and that his tenure will officially end on March 31.

Donald Trump on Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had frequently been at odds with the mercurial USA president.

"Firing the secretary of state with a tweet sends a risky message to America's allies and adversaries alike", Cicilline said. "What is most important to his to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges", Tillerson said.

Trump announced his decision on Twitter.

Some foreign policy experts criticised the decision to swap out top diplomats so soon before the unprecedented meeting and anxious that Pompeo would encourage Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and be hawkish on North Korea. Between 2003 and 2005, she oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded, current and former US intelligence officials told the Associated Press.

Trump did not personally call Tillerson to inform him of his termination.

Feinstein told reporters on Tuesday that Haspel has asked to speak with her, and that she has a lot of questions for the new appointee. In his announcement pulling out of the deal past year, Trump said it was "very unfair at the highest level to the United States".

"I close by thanking all for the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months", he said. "I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently". Rex Tillerson never had it. Mike Pompeo already does, which may give him a better chance at succeeding where his predecessor failed.

"I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking", Mr. Trump said.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were caught off guard by the firing, with many questioning its timing. He wants to tear up the worldwide agreement while Tillerson cautioned that breaking America's commitment could make it harder to reach a deal with North Korea.

John McEntee, Trump's personal assistant, was sacked and escorted off White House grounds this morning, the "Wall Street Journal" reported, citing the mysterious security issue. "Congratulations to all", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

While traveling in Africa on Monday, Tillerson called Russian Federation "an irresponsible force of instability in the world".

Before leaving on a trip to California, Trump spoke openly of their differences - singling out the Iran nuclear deal - as he explained the rationale for the latest departure from his chaotic White House.

Trump's position: Last June, Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

"It reinforces the narrative that the administration is in chaos, that Trump does things impetuously", he explained.

Trump and Tillerson's antagonism was public knowledge among worldwide politicians.

In December, Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a United States demand that Pyongyang must accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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