US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, to be succeeded by the current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.
|US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Yonhap)|
"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State.
He will do a fantastic job!" Trump tweeted.
"Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" he added.
The US president announced the appointment of Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency -- the first woman tapped for the post. (AFP)