Corker on Tillerson firing, Trump plans to nominate Pompeo

Corker on Tillerson firing, Trump plans to nominate Pompeo

March 13th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today thanked former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was just fired by President Donald Trump, for his service and said he has already spoken with CIA chief Mike Pompeo, Trump's proposed replacement at the Department of State.

"I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon," Corker said in a statement. "As I shared with the president, the committee will consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible."

Corker added that "I also want to thank Rex Tillerson for his tireless service to our country as Secretary of State. We have enjoyed a very good working relationship, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Tillerson and Trump have had a rocky relationship.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee expects to hold a hearing on Pompeo's nomination in April. In January 2017, Pompeo was confirmed to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency by a vote of 66 to 32.