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"Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on numerous nation's most pressing national security matters. "Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and, more importantly still, in those that may well follow".

"Well, he keeps it interesting", said Sen. I guess he thought it was OK.

"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.

He'll confront the dilemmas making good on his promise to run the country like he ran his business. And Trump wanted to make a change before the North Korea summit. The same is increasingly true of the Oval Office. "It is unlikely that there is fear for further degradation", Piskov told reporters. Tillerson said he would return to private life as a private citizen.

Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was the final straw for the former Wall Street banker. However, the gravitas of Mattis in Trump's White House might maintain the Pentagon's veto on critical USA national security decisions.

"We were not really thinking the same", Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House, explaining his decision to replace Mr. Tillerson. After lashing out at his Attorney General Jeff Sessions two weeks ago for not holding the FBI accountable for mishandling the Russian Federation investigation, Sessions was seen the same night walking out to dinner with his deputy Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation.

Dr. Victoria Williams, a political science professor at Alvernia, said the string of administration departures from the Trump White House is "a very unusual situation", adding that the 35 percent turnover rate in Trump's Cabinet during his first two years in office is far higher than any recent administration.

In firing him and nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo for the job, President Donald Trump hopes to replace a traditional realist with an unapologetic security hawk.

May Boeve, the executive director of 350.org, also came out swinging against Pompeo. We thank him for that and congratulate him on his great work and we look forward to working with Mike Pompeo.

Critics say the constant turmoil and turnover within the Trump White House has left the government's foreign policy apparatus understaffed and ill-equipped to face a growing number of global challenges. "We will see what happened next", Goldstein said in statement to CNN. "We have to move on".

"The chaotic revolving door in the Trump Administration continues to undermine our national security overseas and here at home".

Pompeo was elected as congressman in Kansas' 4th district in 2010 and served for three terms before heading the Central Intelligence Agency.

Others, though, expressed concern that Pompeo's views on foreign policy fall more closely in line with Trump than did Tillerson's.

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times. "The person in the state department in charge of North Korea retired in February".

Most wouldn't characterize Tillerson as the conventional Secretary of State, considering his business background and his approach to the role as top US diplomat.

"We represent the American people, their commitment to freedom and to equal treatment to people the world over, and that message has never changed", Mr Tillerson said. Secretary Tillerson is the 36th significant departure from this administration. He specifically mentioned the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreement. That work has been done chiefly by Tillerson's policy planning chief Brian Hook.

He is expected to officially join the State Department when Tillerson leaves the post on March 31. "I think, despite the rhetoric, we have known that there is tension between Mr. Tillerson, the White House, and with Congress", he said. Pompeo, who is more hawkish and hardline, will likely be a much better fit for the president, who wants more leeway to do what he wants without dissenting voices, she said.

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