Donald Trump fires Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State



After announcing Tillerson's dismissal on Twitter Tuesday, Trump himself hinted that more changes might be forthcoming. "As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russian Federation or whoever it may be".

Tillerson's 13-month tenure at the State Department was punctuated by bouts of tension with Trump and falling morale at the agency.

"I will now return to private life, private citizen, a proud American, proud of the opportunity I've had to serve my country".

Feinstein's opinion of Haspel is considered a key to her chances of being confirmed.

Then the State Department released a statement casting some doubt on whether it's actually true that Tillerson was sacked on Friday. However, according to State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein, Tillerson didn't find out about his removal from the president and it appears that he may have heard the news through Trump's tweet.

Most secretaries of state, including recent ones such as Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright, Tillerson and especially John Kerry, fell into the first category, Oren said.

Then Goldstein, hours after making those comments, was fired, too. He told reporters that he has a better chemistry with Pompeo than he ever had with Tillerson, and that he and Pompeo agree with each other on global issues. Describing Tillerson's mood, Goldstein said: "He's accepting".

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The revolving door at the White House may not be done revolving. As well, Tillerson had issues with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Currently, there are "gaps within the structure of the Department of State" caused by high-ranking officials who have chosen to leave the department due to "the direction of Tillerson's leadership", said the expert, noting that "people were never named to fill or assume" vacant positions. "And I don't want to say anything further than that", Tillerson said in the statement. They disagreed on many major issues, like moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem, Qatar, North Korea, and most significantly, the Iranian nuclear deal. Trump faces another deadline in May to decide whether to remain in the Obama-era nuclear agreement that he campaigned aggressively against.

Trump acknowledged he hadn't discussed the idea in advance with Tillerson. "I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently". -North Korea talks are different this time because it is "top-down" from the president, instead of bottom-up from lower-level negotiators. He pointedly did not deny an NBC report last October that he had once called Trump a "moron".

Haspel became the CIA's deputy chief in 2017 despite multiple accusations linking her to torture cases as an undercover official.

"He will do a fantastic job!"

Pompeo and Haspel need Senate confirmation to fill the posts.

At a time when US diplomatic efforts have been pummeled by staff and budget cuts, it's unclear whether the elevation of Pompeo - someone close to Trump, who had a reputation of working well within the Central Intelligence Agency, but who is known to be a hawk on foreign policy - will help reverse the hollowing out of USA diplomacy, or accelerate it. He also praised Trump, saying, "His leadership has made America safer".

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