According to the Washington Post, as Tillerson was traveling through Africa last week, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called to wake him up very early Saturday morning to alert him that Trump had chose to replace him.
"Pompeo is very interested in waging a war similar to the Iraq war by citing worldwide regulations", Khorram wrote of Tillerson's successor former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo. He badly damaged the State Department by ignoring its professionals, scores of whom departed, while conducting a prolonged and ill-advised reorganization.
Critics expressed dismay at the decision to swap out top diplomats so soon before the unprecedented potential meeting between Kim and Trump, and anxious that Pompeo would encourage Trump to be hawkish on North Korea.
"We're always on the same wavelength", Trump said of Pompeo, whose confirmation hearing is expected in April.
Trump previous year used bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea and threatened "fire and fury", ratcheting up tensions with the reclusive nuclear-armed country. Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill.More news: 'Light at the end of the tunnel' but no end to austerity
A day after Tillerson said "lines of communications" remained with Pyongyang, Trump mocked him.
"How do you know what she believes?"
Peskov called for a "constructive and sober approach in joint relations" under Pompeo, adding: "This hope will always remain". "I made that decision by myself". "It was a different thinking", Trump said.
Yet the Trump administration maintains that Haspel's role in the torture program is an official secret. Murkowski said the senator felt Tillerson's departure was "unfortunate", saying that Murkowski was "surprised when he was initially named as Secretary of State, but she came to find he brought strength to the administration as a tenacious negotiator". Trump on Tuesday told reporters, "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad".
"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time", Trump said at the White House. Seriously, you think we can have discussions with other countries if we're advocating for regime change? Pompeo has also been a vocal critic of the Iran deal.
"The torture of detainees in USA custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said in a statement.
"Now he has a secretary of state who 100 percent shares his views on the nature and gravity of the Iranian threat and the fatal flaws of the JCPOA", Dubowitz said in an interview, using the initialism for the deal's official name.