Trump fires Tiller­son

US Pres­i­dent re­places sec­re­tary of state with CIA Di­rec­tor Mike Pom­peo

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Nepal’s first woman pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhan­dari was re­elected for a sec­ond term in of­fice. In­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari de­feated Nepali Congress leader Ku­mari Laxmi Rai with an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Bhan­dari, 56, be­came Nepal’s first woman pres­i­dent in 2015.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has ousted Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and re­placed him with CIA Di­rec­tor Mike Pom­peo, or­ches­trat­ing a ma­jor change to his na­tional se­cu­rity team amid del­i­cate ne­go­ti­a­tions with North Korea, White House of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Trump last Fri­day asked Tiller­son to step aside, and the em­bat­tled top diplo­mat cut short his trip to Africa on Mon­day to re­turn to Wash­ing­ton. Pom­peo will re­place him at the State Depart­ment, and Gina Haspel — the deputy di­rec­tor at the CIA — will suc­ceed him at the CIA, be­com­ing the first woman to run the spy agency, if con­firmed.

Trump had words of praise for Tiller­son: “Fi­nally, I want to thank Rex Tiller­son for his ser­vice. A great deal has been ac­com­plished over the last four­teen months, and I wish him and his fam­ily well.”

The pres­i­dent — who has long clashed will Tiller­son, who he be­lieves is “too es­tab­lish­ment” in his think­ing — felt it was im­por­tant to make the change now, as he pre­pares for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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