WASHINGTON -- President Trump was not at all pleased with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- so he fired him. Mr. Trump announced Tuesday he has chosen CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him and picked Pompeo's deputy, Gina Haspel, to succeed him.
It's by far the biggest Trump administration shakeup yet. A shaken Tillerson relinquished control of the State Department.
"I received a call today from the president of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One," Tillerson said.
He had been warned in an early Saturday morning phone call from White House chief of staff John Kelly that his job was in jeopardy.
Tillerson -- who had been traveling in Africa -- cut short his trip.
Hours after landing in Washington, Tillerson learned Tuesday he'd been fired and would be replaced by Pompeo.
Mr. Trump, who often says he likes different points of view, said he fired America's top diplomat because they disagreed on foreign policy.
"I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking," Mr. Trump said.
The president said they clashed over the Iran nuclear deal. He wants to tear up the international agreement while Tillerson cautioned that breaking America's commitment could make it harder to reach a deal with North Korea.
On Sunday's "Face the Nation," Pompeo skirted questions about whether Tillerson would lead those talks.
"This is a level of discussion, the president is going to drive this effort, this negotiation, but it will take a team to build out the picture," Pompeo said.