CIA Chief Pompeo To Be Next Secretary Of State
President Trump has decided to relieve Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of his duty and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. As the nation’s top diplomat, Pompeo will be responsible for negotiating with North Korea, a task that will be important for President Trump's legacy.
This was set in motion last Friday when the president asked Tillerson to step aside, which cut short a trip to Africa on Monday.
The tension between Trump and Tillerson has been reported by the media for many months, but the president and his top diplomat reached a point of no return over the past week, officials said. The reason for the latest rift has not been leaked, but a spokesman for Tillerson said the secretary of state “had every intention of staying” in his job and was “unaware of the reason” for his firing.
With Pompeo's promotion to Secretary of State, Gina Haspel — the deputy director at the CIA — will be his successor at the CIA. She would be the first women to run the deep state controlled spy agency. Both she and Pompeo would need to be confirmed by the Senate, which might scrutinized by democrats, at a time when the closely divided chamber has stalled on confirming dozens of Trump nominees.
President Trump has praised both Pompeo and Haspel for the job they have done at the CIA.
“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”
The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”
The president also had positive praise for Tillerson saying, “Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”
The question we are left with is the CIA's history of corruption coming to and end with these changes or is it business as usual for the banking cartel controlled agency?