(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2017 US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trump on March 13, 2018 announced the departure of his top diplomat Rex Tillerson, to be succeeded by the current CIA chief Mike Pompeo.”Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted.”Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” he added. The US president announced the appointment of Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency — the first woman tapped for the post. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB