Sen. Rand Paul opposes confirming Trump's secretary of state and CIA nominees

Sen. Rand Paul opposes confirming Trump's secretary of state and CIA nominees

Sen. Rand Paul opposes confirming Trump's secretary of state and CIA nominees

One source said Kelly had been trying to protect Tillerson as long as he could, but that Trump had grown weary of Tillerson's tendency to contradict the president on a variety of issues and had been telling friends he was about to dump him.

Pompeo, for instance, has tended to play down the intelligence community's findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and to stress Iran's missile development and role in Middle East conflicts instead of its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal, some officials have said.

I believe Israel would then feel justified in taking military action against Iran, which has been threatening its national security for decades.

He continued, "Today, State Department spokesman and last living Jerry Lewis character Steven Goldstein said the secretary had every intention of staying".

In a press conference on Tuesday, Trump said: "When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was terrible, he thought it was okay".

But pressed about the shortened trip as he flew westward toward the US, Tillerson didn't cite the need for urgent meetings. In doing so, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have the behind-the-scenes backing of Saudia Arabia, a regional power and longtime rival of Iran, and possibly other states with a Sunni Muslim majority. On the other hand, those incidents back in the early 2000s were really disturbing, as John McCain said, one of the darkest hours in the recent history of this country. Chris Coons said Wednesday. Pompeo took a more direct approach, carefully cultivating Trump and even assuming the previously lower-level responsibility of delivering the daily presentation of intelligence to the president in the Oval Office. Trump knows what he wants, but one of his biggest challenges is he lacks the personnel to get it done. Tillerson seemed to side with Qatar's narrative and he even used a term from the Qatari-Brotherhood's dictionary when commenting on the crisis.

"Pompeo may be more effective at running State than his predecessor, but he is not prepared to manage the regional or global policy coordination needed to help the summit with Kim succeed", he said. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.5 percent to 31,435.01, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.6 percent to 3,291.38. According to South Korean officials who met with Kim, the North Korean leader expressed a willingness to discuss it, though it's not clear exactly what that means. Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Following the summer's violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tillerson was asked about concerns from foreign leaders about Trump's values.

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While Tillerson sought to reduce staffing at embassies and consulates abroad, and seemed to hoard many of the agency's minutest decisions among a small group of advisers, Pompeo sent more spies to the field and tried to improve the CIA's agility and speed by cutting bureaucratic red tape and moving decision-making down the chain of command. Remember, this is a president who has openly stated that only his views matter when it comes to foreign policy.

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Some Japanese experts are optimistic about the latest shake-up of senior U.S. 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. So I don't think that there are ramifications necessarily for Alaska. I met with him a number of times and actually once in Fairbanks had lunch with him. "Tweets are for finding out which band is in town, or which airline was mean to Chrissy Teigen".

Still, that doesn't mean the discussion is over.

Sanders' statement Wednesday evening went further: "The latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes".

In a brief statement, the former undercover officer said she was "humbled" by Trump's confidence in her. Trump has often muddied the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, declaring that while Russia interfered, others likely did as well.

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