Friday, 25 May, 2018

Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replaces him with Mike Pompeo

Trump ousts Tillerson as secretary of State replaces him with CIA chief Trump ousts top diplomat Tillerson, replacing him with CIA chief Pompeo
Sammy Stanley | 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.

At 11:17AM ET (15:17 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 60.97 points, or 0.39 percent, to 15,665.76.

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!

WH: Trump-Kim Meeting a Go If NKorea Sticks to Promises Made
Cheong Soeng Chang spoke about the possibility of North Korea giving up its nuclear and missile programs. His story includes material from VOA's Ken Bredemeier and Chris Hannas.

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".

Here is a partial list of officials who have been fired or quit since Trump took office on January 20, 2017, as well as people nominated by him for a position who did not take the job.

Others include strategist Steve Bannon, national security adviser Michael Flynn, FBI Director James Comey, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, health secretary Tom Price, communications directors Hope Hicks and Anthony Scaramucci, economic adviser Gary Cohn and press secretary Sean Spicer.

The president called her by her first name Tuesday morning in comments to reporters, and praised her.

Haspel is set to become the first woman to ever lead the spy agency, where she is now serving second-in-command under Director Mike Pompeo.

"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.

Michael Flynn Resigned in February as Trump's national security adviser after disclosures that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Many Democrats in Congress expressed dismay at Tillerson's firing, saying the change would sow more instability in the administration at a crucial time.

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