Trump Fires Tillerson, Taps Pompeo As Secretary Of State

Gina by the way who I know very well who I've worked very closely with will be the first woman director of the CIA' Trump said as he departed the White House Tuesday

Gina by the way who I know very well who I've worked very closely with will be the first woman director of the CIA' Trump said as he departed the White House Tuesday

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked by Trump on March 13, ending a rocky tenure as the nation's top diplomat for the former chief executive of Exxon. "We're speaking with Theresa May today and, as soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russian Federation or whoever it may be", Trump said.

President Donald Trump has ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, tweeting in a surprise Tuesday morning announcement that Mr Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo. Trump pointed out he did not discuss much with Tillerson regarding his decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In October, NBC news reported that Mr Tillerson called the president a "moron," something he never actually denied. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed Trump's firing of Tillerson Tuesday but praised Pompeo in brief statements. Our understanding is that the disagreement had something to do with North Korea issues, or just a general accumulation of disagreements. "I think it's going to go very well", Trump said. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently. While it's unclear if White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ever made a strong push to replace Tillerson with Haley, it's no wonder Haley was unequivocal in her objection to the position. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month.

Speaking from the agency's briefing room Tuesday, Tillerson said his priority is to ensure a smooth transition.

As for his relationship with Tillerson, Trump said, "Really, it was a different mindset".

It could be an opportunity to empower the State Department, which has seen as increasingly being sidelined by President Trump, and to boost the credibility of its future negotiations with North Korea.

Mr Pompeo has a different tone on Russian Federation, more similar to Mr Trump. A veteran CIA clandestine officer, Haspel is backed by many in the U.S. intelligence community but is regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.

After he was sacked by President Donald Trump, Tillerson also said U.S. efforts to pressure North Korea had worked better than expected and revealed he would pass authority to his deputy at midnight. With Pompeo, ideas define policy. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump. It's Trump's line", said another European diplomat. And he has won favor with Trump through his hawkish views on Iran, his willingness to aggressively defend the administration's foreign policy and his former military service.

On Tuesday, some USA intelligence officials said reports of her alleged involvement in interrogations involving torture were false.

But Goldstein says Tillerson "did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason". Fox anchors, along with Trump International and adviser accounts, represent the bulk of the accounts the president follows on Twitter. Any employee who acted the way Tillerson did on the job would have been fired long ago.

In an illustration of the gulf that has long separated Tillerson and Trump, the White House and the State Department vigorously disagreed about whether Tillerson had even been informed of his firing in advance.

Several months earlier in Beijing, Tillerson said the United States was directly communicating with North Korea but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

During the Obama administration, the US and other major powers struck the deal in which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

His sacking was announced just hours after his comments on Monday that the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom was "a really egregious act" that appears to have "clearly" come from Russia.

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired.

Trump has also faced a cloud of ethics allegations surrounding other members of his Cabinet, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin - the latter of whom is said to be on thin ice with the president.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Corker said his committee would hold a confirmation hearing for Pompeo in April, committing to "consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible". "And as I've mentioned publicly, I thought there was a reprieve that was under way since about the beginning of December, but, look".

Tillerson said he would return to private life as a private citizen.

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