Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | ePaper

Trump sacks Tillerson as secretary of state

  • Print

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do "a fantastic job".

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

A senior White House official told the BBC about the timing of the announcement: "The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations."

Mr Tillerson was on an official tour of Africa last week when he was apparently caught unawares by Mr Trump's announcement that he would hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The top US diplomat's team said he was feeling unwell on Saturday and later in the weekend the state department said he would cut short his tour by a day.

Reports have swirled of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat, as the US faces a host of vexatious foreign policy conundrums, from North Korea to Iran.

Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny reports that he was considering quitting, though he did not comment on a report that he had called his boss a moron after a meeting last July at the Pentagon.

Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with nuclear-armed North Korea.

Mr Tillerson was reported to be astonished at how little Mr Trump grasped the basics of foreign policy.

The New York Times quoted sources as saying Mr Trump was irritated by Mr Tillerson's body language during meetings.

Mr Tillerson was said to roll his eyes or slouch when he disagreed with the decisions of his boss. -- BBC Online

More News For this Category

Son receives pilot Abid's body

Staff Reporter :Son of pilot Abid Sultan, who died during the US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal, has received his father's body at Bangladesh Army Stadium.Tamjid, who is an O-Level student

Tears for 23 plane crash victims

Tears for 23 plane crash victims

Staff Reporter :The environment in and around the Army Stadium in the capital was tearful when the bodies of 23 persons, who were killed in the US-Bangla plane crash in

Cops asked to wear uniform, show ID cards during drives

Md Joynal Abedin Khan :Members of the Detective Branch (DB) of Police and other law enforcing agencies have been asked to wear fixed uniform of the force and show their

SC stays Khaleda`s bail till May 8

Staff Reporter :The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday stayed the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust Case till May 8.A

Govt trying to obstruct Khaleda's bail: BNP Announces demo today, rally Mar 29

Staff Reporter :The BNP on Monday accused the government of trying to obstruct the legal procedures of its Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's release from jail."Unfortunately, the ruling Awami League is

Tk 2000cr funds for ailing SOBs planned

Kazi Zahidul Hasan :State-owned Banks (SOBs) are again set to receive Tk 2,000 crore in form of recapitalisation from the government in the next fiscal year.The fund will be infused

Wife hacked to death in city by husband

A housewife was hacked to death allegedly by her drug addict husband at Kamrangirchar Muslimbag area in the city on Sunday evening.The deceased was identified as Tania Akhtar, 16, wife

Another air crash survivor returns home

banglanews24.com :Another Bangladeshi air crash survivor Kabir Hossain arrived home in Dhaka and admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday.DMCH burn unit coordinator Dr. Samanta lal Sen said

House owners will be punished if Aedes germ found

Staff Reporter :Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayed Khokon on Monday warned the home owners of the city about eliminating Aedes mosquitoes' germs. "Mobile court will visit every house

Writ seeks Bench outside SC for political cases

Staff Reporter :A writ petition has been filed with the High Court Division of the Supreme Court on Monday for constituting a Bench somewhere outside the apex court for dealing