Trump Fires Tillerson, Picks CIA Chief Pompeo to Succeed Him

15 March, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Sergio Cook
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Trump's differences with Tillerson appeared to extend to the logistics of his announced departure, with the State Department and White House issuing contradictory accounts over when the secretary was sacked.

In remarks to reporters Tuesday, Trump highlighted his differences with Tillerson on Iran and North Korea.

And Bishop told reporters: "We had a very good working relationship with Rex Tillerson and I'm confident that will continue under Mike Pompeo".

Last year Tillerson said the United States was directly communicating with North Korea but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.

Tillerson said he is formally stepping down at the end of the month and stressed the importance of a smooth transition to his successor.

He did not mention Trump - other than to say that he'd spoken by phone to the president Tuesday while Trump was on Air Force One.

Although Tillerson supported the approach to the war in Afghanistan that Trump announced past year, he felt no need to frame US goals in the same maximal terms as the commander in chief. -North Korean crisis. While Tillerson favours negotiating with the Korean, Trump disagreed.

The undersecretary for public affairs at the State Department, Steve Goldstein, offered a different account of Tillerson's departure. As recently as Monday night, while Tillerson was still in the air flying back from his trip to Africa, a top aide said Tillerson was staying put.

Multiple White House officials said that Tillerson had been informed of the decision Friday, while he was in Ethiopia. "We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things". He said Trump called him hours after he tweeted about him being fired.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. "I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies", he said.

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Donald Trump announced on Tuesday, by Twitter, that he has sacked Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Tillerson and Mattis had pressed a skeptical Trump to stick with the nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers, and Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation.

"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process".

The shake-up comes as Trump prepares for a possible meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as part of an unprecedented effort to break a decades-long impasse on denuclearizing the peninsula. The former ExxonMobil chief's firing comes after a series of public rifts with the president since his appointment previous year.

Tillerson appeared to be caught by surprise last week when Trump announced he had accepted Kim's invitation to meet. But it's been a pretty common story in the Trump administration of senior officials leaving the White House due to conflicts with Trump.

Tillerson did not address reports that he had only learned of his sacking earlier that day when he read about it in Trump's tweet, but said he had since spoken to the president by telephone. For technical purposes, Tillerson said he would remain the secretary of state till 31 March and till then he would delegate his responsibilities to the deputy secretary of state John Sullivan.

Trump tapped the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

The Washington Post reports that Pompeo, a former Republican lawmaker from Kansas, developed a warm relationship with the president. Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against Pompeo's nomination to be Central Intelligence Agency director past year because of Paul's concerns over Pompeo's support for torture and domestic spying.

Democrats voiced opposition, including their top person on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, who said senators had "a lot of questions" about Haspel and they "deserved to have those questions answered, in an open hearing setting".

"The fact that Trump and Pompeo like and respect one another could mean nothing or it could mean everything with respect to Pompeo's impact and influence on Trump", said Aaron David Miller, a vice president of the Wilson Center.

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