Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel

U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Both the new secretary of state and Central Intelligence Agency director will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job". If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first woman to hold the post.

One resigned over a dispute with the president. His decision came after he lost a fight to try to stop Trump from imposing import tariffs on steel and aluminum. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside.

A government outsider lacking diplomatic experience, Tillerson arrived at the White House after decades at Exxon Mobile, rising from engineer in 1975 to chairman and CEO in 2006, overseeing vast expansion of the company's operations worldwide.

When Ms. Haspel was picked as the Deputy Director a year ago, her career was lauded by veteran intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who recently retired. Four days later, a federal court ruled in Trump's favor.

Tom Price The Health and Human Services secretary resigned under pressure from Trump on September 29 in an uproar over Price's use of costly private charter planes for government business. Unlike Tillerson, Louis McLane wasn't fired by President Andrew Jackson.

Tillerson and the White House also clashed on policy and messaging.

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Mr Pompeo is a former hardline conservative Republican lawmaker from Kansas and a Trump loyalist. Trump lost confidence in Priebus after major legislative items failed to be approved by Congress.

Anthony Scaramucci The White House communications director was sacked by Trump in July after just 10 days on the job, following profanity-laced comments to The New Yorker magazine.

Ten were appointed near the end of a presidential administration.

From the White House, the president's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, often ran a parallel track of diplomacy ― traveling to Israel and the Palestinian territories to explore ways to revive peace talks, and interacting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

When she was picked as deputy CIA director, her career was lauded by veteran intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who recently retired. Pompeo's decision to have the agency's counterintelligence unit report directly to him while multiple parts of the government are investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign carried political overtones.

Michael Dubke Resigned as White House communications director in May.

Todd Ricketts The co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team and Trump's choice for deputy secretary of commerce withdrew from consideration in April. But it also upset the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights advocates who found it unsettling that Mr. Trump would choose someone who was involved in the harsh interrogation programme.

Gerrit Lansing The White House chief digital officer stepped down in February after failing to pass an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, according to Politico. 'If Ms. Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of US intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past'.

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