“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!"

WASHINGTON — After months of tension, President Donald Trump has ousted his secretary of state, replacing Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump made the announcement in a Twitter message Tuesday morning, before leaving Washington on a trip to California. The news came after Tillerson abruptly cut short a trip to Africa on Monday.

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Trump tweeted.

Gina Haspel, the CIA’s deputy director, will replace Pompeo as head of the nation’s spy agency, the first woman to hold the post.