Report: Trump to replace Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo, a member of the Italian American Congressional Delegation, will replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State in January the New York Times reports.
Pompeo, the current C.I.A director, was one of the most vocal critics of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accusing her of trying to cover up the truth behind the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
President Donald Trump’s ally Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would lead the intelligence agency if Pompeo moves to State, according to the report.
Asked Thursday whether Tillerson should stay in the job, Trump only said the secretary of state is “here.”
In a statement later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not deny the reports about a plan to replace Tillerson but said: “there are no personnel announcements at this time.”
Pompeo, who was born in Orange, California, is of Italian ancestry.
His paternal grandparents were from Caramanico Terme, a town in the province of Pescara in the Abruzzo region of Italy.