Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – with no explanation given to the outgoing top diplomat – the latest indicator of a White House in chaos as high-profile officials continue to exit the administration with little or no forewarning.
The change comes at a delicate time for US diplomacy, with the president having just accepted an invitation to hold face-to-face talks with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, about the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang. There are suggestions that Mr. Trump wanted to make the change before the North Korea talks, but it is unusual for such a big change to be made at such a key time.
He is so being replaced immediately with CIA Director, Mike Pompeo. Trump has also said Gina Haspel will become new CIA Director.