Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ousted in favor of CIA chief, Trump announces

 | Ray Locker and David Jackson, 03/13/2018 8:52 AM MDT
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WASHINGTON — After months of disputes with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump removed him Tuesday and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department.

Trump told reporters he made the decision himself, citing disagreements with Tillerson that included North Korea diplomacy, steel and aluminum tariffs, and the Iran nuclear agreement.

"I think Rex will be much happier now," Trump said.

Tillerson did not immediately comment, but an aide said he wanted to stay as secretary of State.

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