Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump said he would nominate CIA director Mike Pompeo as his new secretary of state, and nominate deputy CIA director Gina Haspel to run the intelligence agency.

Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said he and other Foreign Relations members will likely seek answers from Pompeo on promises made during the Tillerson confirmation process but never delivered on.

Gina Haspel broke another glass ceiling in her illustrious career in the CIA running over more than three decades when US President Donald Trump announced that she would become the first woman to lead the agency.

Pompeo and Tillerson navigated different paths with Trump, too.

"When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad", Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday. Pompeo must succeed in his place.

That objective is denuclearization.

Mr Tillerson's dismissal came following disagreements over issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, US-Russian ties and the North Korea nuclear weapons programme.

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The deal gives Iran relief from certain global economic sanctions in exchange for suspension of its outlaw nuclear program.

In the meantime, Tillerson, appears headed back to private life.

Time and time again, Trump appeared to contradict Tillerson in tweets or speeches, something which harmed the diplomat's credibility with foreign governments, according to Abraham Denmark, director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center.

"I think it's fake news", Mr Trump said of Mr Tillerson's reported insult.

Tillerson was not supporting Trump's move on Iran Nuclear deal signed by P5+1 with Tehran during earlier dispensation of Barack Obama.

"Look, I think the science needs to continue to develop". I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently. Iran says such matters fall outside the nuclear deal's scope.

He said that could include seeking the Trump administration's strategies for dealing with Iran, Syria, Russia and North Korea. Trump's reluctance to live by the terms of the Iran agreement, however, may affect US credibility in negotiations with Pyongyang.

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Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was the final straw for the former Wall Street banker. Pompeo expects that Russian Federation will meddle in the mid-term elections in the U.S. Congress, scheduled for autumn 2018.

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not be remembered as a towering figure of American diplomacy. As CIA director, Pompeo has enjoyed since past year direct access to the president by briefing him every morning on global intelligence, giving him a decisive advantage over others in the cabinet.

He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in his post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron".

Several officials described Pompeo as accomplished, smart and someone who has developed a relationship with the President, which is not seen as an easy thing to do.

"For whatever reason, chemistry, whatever it is", Trump told reporters. "I would love to be listening in on the diplomatic dispatches around the world right now".

With Pompeo's encouragement, Trump is expected to re-open that agreement in May.

The paper also said Tillerson was "restrained" compared to Pompeo, who "is likely to add more foam to the top, leading to uncertainty and a higher risk". "On the other hand, Secretary Tillerson was a counterweight to some of the instantaneous, spontaneous, instinctive decisions that the president was prone to make".

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"Hopefully what we're seeing with the resignation of Gary Cohn and the firing of Rex Tillerson is the end of this myth that serious people can rein in Donald Trump", Meyers continued.

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