President Trump has shuffled the deck in his cabinet again — and he’s doing it all via Twitter.
Earlier this morning, the President announced that he was ousting Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA head MIke Pompeo. Pompeo will be replaced with Gina Haspel, current a deputy director at the agency.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The tweet, embedded above, came at 8:44 a.m. ET, shortly before Trump departed for a visit to California.
Was the tweet the first information that some or all involved in the shake-up had that it was happening? According to CBS News, the Washington Post reported the basics shortly beforehand.
State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein said, “The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security. He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world.”
Goldstein specified that Tillerson is “unaware of the reason” he’s been removed, but said that he is “grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling.”
Pompeo’s appointment would need to be confirmed by the Senate.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated. Check out CBS News for additional live coverage.