Trump to appoint CIA Director Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State

The president is firing Rex Tillerson, tweeting plans to replace him with Pompeo. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.
2:13 | 03/14/18

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Transcript for Trump to appoint CIA Director Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State
Well back to politics and a staff shake up and the term administration may not be over just yet there's word that another cabinet member may be on the way out. It all comes as secretary of state Rex Tillerson prepares to formally leave his position by the end of this month. The president has named the CIA director to replace him amid growing concerns about a staffing shortage. Rix to her since firing along with his undersecretary adds to key vacancies at the highest levels of the State Department to listen learned of his firing at the same time the president's Twitter followers. Did wreck that I've been talking about this prolonged dive we. We got a lot actually quite well but we disagreed on. And emotional Tillerson who lost his father just days ago later addressed the firing saying he was grateful to serve. What is most important here is to ensure an orderly of smooth transition. They're at a time the country continues to face significant policy. And national security challenges. It's no secret the president. Clashed with his secretary of state last summer Tillerson reportedly called the president a moron. And trump publicly mock to worsen for suggesting talks with North Korea ABC's Martha Raddatz calls the staffing crisis at the State Department unprecedented. A ghost town just as that proposed historic meeting with Kim Jong-un is being finalized there is no confirmed assistant secretary for East Asia no ambassador to South Korea. And no special representative for North Korea policy. With Mike Pompeo replacing Tillerson the president's choice for a new CIA director is coming under scrutiny. For her role in overseeing so called CIA black sites where prisoners were force still undergo enhanced interrogation. Including water boarding. But Gina Haskell is well regarded in Washington he would be the first woman to run the spy agency. And the shake ups at the White House may not be over to president reportedly considering replacing veterans affairs secretary David schalken. With energy secretary Rick Perry's to be after claims that show can use to staff to run errands for him. And you saw Martha mentioned and ghost town of the State Department there are still some 38 ambassador vacancies and more than a dozen assistant secretaries yet to be in it.

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