Trump sacks Tillerson after tour of Africa
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Trump sacks Tillerson after tour of Africa

Posted CHARLES OMONDI in Nairobi and AFP

on  Tuesday, March 13  2018 at  16:35

US top diplomat Rex Tillerson, who recently toured Africa extensively, has been sacked.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that current CIA chief Mike Pompeo, would replace Mr Tillerson.

A senior US official said the president wanted to reshuffle his team ahead of talks with North Korea.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!" President Trump tweeted.

"Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" he added.

Mr Tillerson was concluding his tour of Africa that saw him visit Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria.

It was while Mr Tillerson was in Africa that the announcement of possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong UN and President Trump was made.

Mr Tillerson was on Saturday forced to cancel scheduled events in Kenya on grounds of ill-health.