Trump fires Rex Tillerson at Secretary of State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

Trump fires Rex Tillerson at Secretary of State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

Trump fires Rex Tillerson at Secretary of State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

Hired for his business acumen and outsider's attitude, Mr Tillerson had initially earned Mr Trump's praise as a deal-maker who would champion his "America First" policy to the world.

A USA intelligence community report in January 2017 found with "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved an "influence campaign" that would help Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.

There had been rumours throughout most of Mr Tillerson's tenure of friction between Mr Trump and his secretary of state, a former ExxonMobile chief executive. In one meeting with national security officials, he is reported to have described the President as a "moron".

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump said. I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently.

Hatch also said he's eager to work with Pompeo to bring Joshua and Thamy Holt home from Venezuela.

Pompeo could be a more "credible negotiator" if he can credibly say he represents the president and if the president is able to convey that sort of representational status, he said.

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Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.

But Tillerson's relationship with the White House has always been rocky.

While Tillerson will stay at the Department until his termination, he said that he will be delegating the position's responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. Goldstein, who had only been at his post since December, was sacked on Tuesday as well. "Tillerson had reliably, if unsuccessfully, pushed back against President Trump's more aggressive instincts on Iran ..."

Pompeo will be less inclined to accept compromises that do not clearly resolve the defects of the nuclear deal with Iran. "North Korea summit, and his thinking is close to Trump's", the source said. And Tillerson's exit follows Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' disastrous interview this week on "60 Minutes" in which she struggled to answer basic education questions, and continuing controversies swirling around the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Interior, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.

It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming USA secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal. He went further than the White House in condemning Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom last week.

President Donald Trump's pick to be the next - and first female - director of the clandestine agency has conflicting public reputations.

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"Well, I have spent some time with her, we've had dinner together, we have talked...everything I know is, is that she has been a good deputy director of the CIA", Feinstein said. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!" What can we expect of Tillerson's tapped successor as secretary of state, Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, in this in this regard?

The president spoke to reporters at the White House shortly before departing for Joint Base Andrews for his trip to California.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times.

Morell noted that Haspel will be taking over at a time when the US faces "significant adversaries here, from Iran to Russian Federation to North Korea to ISIS and al Qaeda".

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House.

Other European officials and former US officials said Pompeo's rise, if he is confirmed as secretary of state by the Senate, might have a more ambiguous effect on the negotiations and that, in any case, Trump's views are paramount.

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If Pompeo is approved for the top spot at the State Department, experts expect the USA could formally withdraw from the Iran deal, which provided billions of dollars' worth of sanction relief to the country in exchange for its promise to scale back its nuclear program.

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