Trump Ousts Tillerson, Lines Up CIA Boss as Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo will leave the CIA to become US Secretary of State

U.S. President Donald Trump has replaced Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with CIA chief Mike Pompeo.

Tuesday’s announcement represents the latest upheaval in the Trump administration which has seen a succession of senior ministers and officials come and go since the property mogul won the U.S. presidency in November 2016.

Pompeo, a Republican congressman from Kansas, was appointed CIA director in January 2017. In February that year he travelled to Ankara for talks with the Turkish leadership after a phone called between Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

His appointment as Secretary of States comes at a time of increased tension between Greece and Turkey. Athens has complained of repeated airspace violations by Turkish warplanes and of provocations at the Imia islets in the Aegean.

Two Greek soldiers are also currently in custody in the Turkish city of Edirne.