Trump’s full statement on ouster of Tillerson (video)

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Shortly after President Trump sent out a bombshell Twitter post Tuesday morning, announcing that he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with the current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, he spoke with reporters outside for almost six minutes explaining his decision.

Trump was preparing to depart for California to view the border wall prototypes.

The president said he and Pompeo are always on the same wave length, think alike, and work together better but also had high praise for Tillerson.

“Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect,” Trump said of Pompeo. “We are always on the same wavelength. The relationship is very, very good, and that’s what I need as secretary of State.”

“As far as Rex Tillerson is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well,” Trump told reporter. “He’s a good man.”

“I made that decision by myself. Rex wasn’t, as you know, in this country,” Trump said.

Watch his complete statement below: 

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