Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Replace Him With CIA Chief Pompeo

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Trump announced on the social media site - according to reports, without first informing Tillerson - that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be taking over as the leader of the U.S. Department of State.

"And of course Trump didn't fire Tillerson to his face, just like he didn't fire James Comey to his face", he continued.

"When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's awful".

Some Japanese experts are optimistic about the latest shake-up of senior USA staff, despite the appearance that Japan has been left out of the loop on Trump's sudden decision to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May. Tillerson said he would return to private life as a private citizen.

Be afraid. Mike Pompeo will make Rex Tillerson look like Otto von Bismarck.

The "some might say" alludes to Tillerson supposedly calling Trump a "moron" last summer.

Pompeo could help the State Department recast its image after a rocky 14 months under Tillerson, who dramatically cut department funds and reshaped its management, much to the dismay of longtime American diplomats and foreign-policy experts.

In a brief statement, the former undercover officer said she was "humbled" by Trump's confidence in her. For his honesty, the spokesman was sacked, too.

Torture has since been explicitly outlawed by the government, and despite Trump's endorsement of it, there have been no reports of the USA intelligence agencies returning to the practice. Describing Tillerson's mood, Goldstein said: "He's accepting". Tillerson canceled his entire schedule that Saturday in Ethiopia, with the State Department telling reporters he was sick. And I think we're going to miss the counterweight.

Other South Korean officials, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that while Pompeo was known to have hardline views on North Korea, he was a seasoned politician and seemed to know how to compromise. He at least hasn't been the disaster I thought he would be, though.

And, as Trump noted Tuesday, he and Pompeo have a "similar thought process" on the Iran deal, which Trump has threatened to abandon unless there are significant changes by May. Trump faces another deadline in May to decide whether to remain in the Obama-era nuclear agreement that he campaigned aggressively against.

Pompeo and Tillerson navigated different paths with Trump, too.

Pompeo, like the president, has been a fierce critic of the Iran deal, saying it doesn't go far enough in dismantling Tehran's nuclear program and that it's not permanent.

"Does that mean that Trump is now likely to scrap the Iranian nuclear deal at the same time that he is meeting with Kim to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea)?" he said.

Dr. Irene Langran, an associate professor of political science at Albright College, agreed that the timing of Tillerson's departure is concerning, particularly in light of the looming talks with North Korea. Many in Washington doubt the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un will take place in May, as planned.

The White House and Tillerson have had a series of public disagreements - and that continued until the very end, the BBC report added.

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

Pompeo had a consistent and well documented pattern of militant positions on the main crises confronting the United States and was unlikely to act differently toward them as secretary of state, Rasmussen noted.

Prior to his designation as State Secretary, Pompeo was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a post he has occupied since January 23, 2017, following his nomination by President Donald Trump.

Rex Tillerson's tenure as Secretary of State is over and it nearly feels like an act of mercy to put an old, sick pet down.

"He will do a fantastic job!"

But several Democrats quickly raised concerns about both Pompeo and Haspel, suggesting their confirmation hearings could be contentious. Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, a Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Pompeo of being insufficiently tough on Russian Federation and said he'd "demonstrated a casual relationship to truth and principle". "I would love to be listening in on the diplomatic dispatches around the world right now". "She's an outstanding person who also I have gotten to know very well", Trump told reporters at the White House. It also noted that Mr Tillerson's exit had been rumoured for some time and that it was the latest in a string of departures of Trump officials.

But Lederman explains this is not the reason Trump fired him.