Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Ex-CIA chief Panetta backs Haspel nomination

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Trump's CIA pick is career spymaster who oversaw secret prison
Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 19:50

"Donald Trump spent more time firing Lil Jon than he did firing the secretary of state", Kimmel joked. But if the reports of Tillerson learning about his firing through Twitter are correct, he added, that's remarkable.

"Look, I think the science needs to continue to develop".

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting United States president to do so. The US intelligence assessment is that the 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons programme is on balance a good one, and that Trump's criticism of it threatens efforts to constrain Iran's nuclear ambitions and ties with the other nations that negotiated the pact, China, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation. Now is not the time for uncertainty in the president's administration. Referencing the departure of many senior diplomats, Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said Pompeo will "need to recruit and fill the many offices that have been left vacant".

President Donald Trump tweeted March 13, 2018, that he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the new secretary of state and that he would nominate Haspel to replace him.

His departure added to fears that if the meeting fails, the U.S. will lurch closer to war with North Korea. "We spent most of a year ago investing a lot into attempts to work together, to solve problems, to address differences".

Japan "would want a secretary of state to be influential to the president", said Yasushi Watanabe, a professor and American studies expert at Keio University.

Critics say the constant turmoil and turnover within the Trump White House has left the government's foreign policy apparatus understaffed and ill-equipped to face a growing number of global challenges.

"What was concerning with this particular relationship was the undermining that you saw sometimes between the two", she said.

"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Mr Trump said.

Trump exempts Canada from trade tariffs for now
Trump appears resolute in implementing the tariffs but has given himself flexibility in drafting the final order. Initial indications from the White House are that the President signed a proclamation, signaling his intentions.

"If the president surrounds himself with just people supporting his instincts, and he's only getting his news from certain sources, he likely to just create an echo chamber", she said.

According to "The Wall Street Journal", she was part of a team that oversaw the CIA's detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists, using techniques that many experts and lawmakers since have described as torture.

With Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, however, the world will become more unsafe.

"The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason" for his removal, said Goldstein, who also was sacked shortly after the release of the statement.

Mr Tillerson was said to have repeatedly complained about a perceived invasion of his territory by Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

He openly contradicted the administration on a number of issues, including North Korea and Russian Federation, and was reportedly "getting increasingly angry over the Trump crackdown on China". "And I can tell you who is going to win". His legacy is one of challenging the president's unconventional stances and subsequently paying the political price. "Tillerson may have carried them out, but he undercut them". He also laced his remarks with what could be seen as personal digs at the president.

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"We hope that this personnel change will at the least not have any effect on the development of Sino-US bilateral relations or Sino-US cooperation in some important areas", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing. "That is the most disturbing thing about the nomination", he said.

Trump has done a poor job of filling those positions, Williams said.

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