US president cites differences with Rex Tillerson as reason for his removal from secretary of state’s post.

US President Donald Trump has sacked Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, citing differences, and replaced him with Mike Pompeo, CIA director.

The move by Trump is the biggest shake-up of his cabinet since taking office.

“Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, will become our new secretary of state. He will do a fantastic job,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

“Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”

According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Tillerson to leave the post last Friday.

Tillerson cut short his trip to Africa on Monday and returned to Washington, DC, prompting questions about his future at the state department.

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