Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replaces him with Mike Pompeo
Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replaces him with Mike Pompeo
Trump ousts top diplomat Tillerson, replacing him with CIA chief Pompeo
13 March, 2018, 18:49
Tillerson's departure capped months of friction between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive, who had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state. Tillerson was also often out of step with Trump on foreign policy, most notably with issues involving North Korea. We got along quite well but we disagreed on things. "When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was bad, he thought it was okay". And he felt a little bit differently. "So we were not thinking the same", Trump said.
Trump says he and Pompeo have a "very, very similar thought process".
While Tillerson has been critical of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and its intervention from Ukraine to Syria, Pompeo has at times bolstered Trump's view that inquiries into Russian election meddling is a "witch hunt" meant to undercut his presidency.
Yesterday, Mr Tillerson blamed Russia for the poisonings in England of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Dozens of vacancies remained unfilled, including top deputies, because of White House refusal to accept Tillerson's picks.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.
The news broke just hours after Tillerson debarked from a plane from a weeklong trip to Africa.
When asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday if Tillerson would be leading the diplomatic talks between the USA and North Korea, Pompeo said such discussions would take a "team" effort. Yet the president appears to expect a deal with Kim on denuclearization.
Tillerson stoked resentment and criticism from some State Department employees for his controversial efforts to reform and pare down the department's bureaucracy, which some saw as a hollowing out of Foggy Bottom.
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The timing of the move was created to allow Trump to put a new team in place in advance of those talks, said a White House official speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a personnel decision. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!
He continued with, "Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo, and she will be the CIA's first-ever female director, a historic milestone".
Last week Tillerson said that an upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim would focus on "talks" rather than "negotiations".
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"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" He was also one of the strongest critics of the Iran nuclear deal.
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