A lot of Republicans learned about Tillerson’s firing on Twitter when Trump posted on his twitter page saying, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
President Trump announced that Gina Haspel, who is currently CIA deputy director, is his pick to replace Mike Pompeo as director. If confirmed, she will be the first woman to lead the agency.
“Gina, who I know very well who I have worked very closely, will be the first woman director of the CIA. She is an outstanding person who also I have gotten to know very well,” Trump said.
President Trump commends Mike Pompeo, his choice to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state by saying, “Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect. “Mike Pompeo and I are “always on the same wavelength”
Also, he says that, he and the man he’s nominating to replace Rex Tillerson think the same way.
“I am really at a point where we are getting close to having the cabinet and other things that I want,” Trump said.
Trump told reporters moments ago that he and Tillerson “got along,” but they disagreed on key issues, like the Iran nuclear deal.
Several senior Republican aides in both chambers say they were given no heads up on the President’s decision. Beyond the leaders, Speaker Ryan received a phone call telling him this was coming, a source says, aides say Hill Republicans were given no heads up.