In a long-expected move, President Trump has fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and tapped CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. Tillerson, one of the earliest and in the end most marginalized members of the Trump administration, has long been portrayed as the moderate voice in President Trump’s ear. Pompeo is a former Republican congressman from Kansas and a policy hawk who played a prominent role in the Congressional Benghazi investigation into Hillary Clinton. Yet far more than any policy disagreements, what sets the two apart in Trump’s Washington is their willingness to toe the president’s line in public.
Here’s what to expect from the shakeup at Foggy Bottom: