Trump: I made decision to oust Tillerson 'by myself'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE said on Tuesday that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonUS steps up its game in Africa, a continent open for business Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer 'Daily Show' trolls Trump over Pruitt's resignation MORE on his own, and that Tillerson would be "much happier now."

"I made that decision by myself. Rex wasn't, as you know, in this country," Trump said. Tillerson returned to Washington on Tuesday after a trip to Africa.

"As far as Rex Tillerson is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "He's a good man."

Trump's comments came minutes after he abruptly announced that he had replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump’s damage control falters State Dept. doesn’t issue statement on anniversary of MH17 downing Diplomatic niceties can blur the lines of personal and national interests MORE. He said that he and Pompeo are "always on the same wavelength."

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"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."

Updated at 11:05 a.m.