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    Trump Ousts Tillerson as Secretary of State

    In a surprise morning announcement, President Donald Trump said he’ll seek to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson’s ouster follows months of speculation over the former Exxon Mobile CEO’s relationship with the president, who publicly undercut his top diplomat on numerous occasions, including on Russia and North Korea. If confirmed, Pompeo will be replaced by his deputy at the CIA, Gina Haspel — potentially the agency’s first female leader. “Congratulations to all!” Trump tweeted.

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