In a scene described in a book written by one of the interrogators, the chief of base came to his cell and "congratulated him on the fine quality of his acting". The diplomats found this type of guidance about an official statement from the former Under Secretary was "bizzare" and "strange". While his appointment seemed to suggest the Trump administration would not throw the rules-based worldwide order entirely out the window, it was clear shortly after his nomination that Mr. Tillerson would never have the ear of his boss. You're either with him or against him.
Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny claims he planned to quit, though he did not address a report that he had referred to his boss as a "moron" after a Pentagon meeting. Now, more Cabinet changes may be on tap at the White House.
In a snub, Tillerson was left out of the loop regarding the North Korean invitation and was on his first trip to Africa when Trump sat down at the White House with a visiting delegation from South Korea last Thursday and agreed to meet Kim. On Tuesday, Trump confirmed in a Tweet that this switch would indeed take place, and that long-time Central Intelligence Agency veteran Gina Haspel would replace Pompeo and become the first woman to be Central Intelligence Agency director. Tillerson was an adviser whose advice was rarely sought and even more rarely followed. "I'm going to do everything I can to block them", he told reporters Wednesday, a day after their appointments were announced by President Trump.
More recently, Pompeo has been urging Trump to explore toughening up the Iran nuclear deal rather than simply tearing it up. We think it's important that the judicial authorities in Germany, in other European countries, try to investigate her role in Thailand and elsewhere, and that they are prepared - if Gina Haspel travels to our countries - that they arrest her.More news: Wijnaldum reveals who he would like to avoid in Champions League draw
One of the main issues that divided the men was the nuclear Iran deal, which Tillerson admitted to disagreeing with the commander-in-chief over in August. He is one of the most radical figures in USA foreign policy and has close ties with Trump. Rand Paul (R-KY) said outright that he will oppose Haspel's nomination.
The former ExxonMobil chief had a series of public rifts with the White House after being appointed past year.
Abbas Araghchi, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, said US President Donald Trump fired Tillerson so Washington could leave the nuclear pact.
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tillerson had handed over the day-to-day responsibilities of running the department to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, but would continue to work from his office and retain the title of secretary of state until his departure at midnight on March 31.