Trump's pick for new CIA director is female career spymaster

Trump's pick for new CIA director is female career spymaster

Trump's pick for new CIA director is female career spymaster

Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Tuesday that he is removing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from his administration, a move that follows almost a year of tension between the president and his top diplomat.

"We disagreed on things", Trump said moments later, a diplomatic version of a hard relationship with his top diplomat that included reports that Tillerson had called the president a moron in meetings with other officials. It spiked again in November when White House officials told multiple news outlets of a plan to replace him with Pompeo.

He tried to salvage the Iran nuclear deal through a European-brokered fix to the Obama-era agreement, rather than having Trump scuttle the deal completely.

President Trump was utterly dismissive of reporting, back in October, that his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had frayed to the point of nearly breaking.

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For Trump, the shift comes at a critical time for several key foreign policy priorities, including a decision on whether to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Iran deal that Pompeo has called "disastrous". Pressuring North Korea with sanctions and other isolation measures had been a top Tillerson priority, and he had been one of the administration's more vocal advocates for holding talks in some form with the North.

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Mr. Trump made Tuesday's move while Mr. Tillerson, formerly the CEO of ExxonMobil, was out of the country, finishing a week-long tour of several African nations.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen, for the position of CIA Director, a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the President has supported. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted. "It was a different thinking".

Mr Trump publicly undercut Mr Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state's comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.

The circumstances behind the firing were unclear.

The White House distanced itself from those remarks, and a few days later, Tillerson himself backed off.

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"Pompeo has a sort of hard-line approach on foreign policy that's quite black and white, and that's also how Trump sees the world", Ilan Goldenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security who worked at the State Department under then-Secretary John Kerry, said in an interview in December.

"The secretary will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship", he added, in a nod to Tillerson's close working relationship with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Mr Kelly did not tell Mr Tillerson when the tweet would be posted or what it might say, reports the news agency.

When asked about whether he consulted Tillerson about accepting an invitation to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong, Trump said he didn't speak with him about the issue.

This forced the US Secretary of State to cut short his trip of Africa telling the media that he was sick. There were no obvious signs from his behavior or his aides on the plane that his departure was imminent.

As much as anyone in the administration, Pompeo has mastered the art of communicating with this president.

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"We've been talking about this for a long time", Mr Trump said on the White House lawn today.

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