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Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rushed to an impromptu meeting at the White House yesterday to discuss “a path forward” with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis as rumors swirled that President Donald Trump – infuriated by reports that Tillerson called him a “fucking moron” – is weighing whether to fire the former ExxonMobil CEO. And in the latest installation in the ongoing leakfest over Tillerson’s purported “disloyalty,” Axios is reporting that the White House already has a candidate in mind to replace Tillerson, and surprisingly it’s not the “logical” choice of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, reasoning that he’s already familiar with the situation room, and could feasibly make the switch without much of a disruption.


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