Monday, 25 June, 2018

Tillerson sacking will not reverse Trump's foreign failures

Gina by the way who I know very well who I've worked very closely with will be the first woman director of the CIA' Trump said as he departed the White House Tuesday Trump sacks Rex Tillerson, appoints CIA chief Mike Pompeo Secretary of State
Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 11:17

What does this tell us?

FILE - President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran policy in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, Oct. 13, 2017.

Pompeo is more hardline on both Iran and North Korea.

Tillerson's imminent departure had been rumoured for several months and Trump said he and Tillerson had discussed the move for a long time.

Lee said Pompeo will be confirmed as the next secretary of state.

Turkey-U.S. relations did not get any better during Tillerson's term as secretary of state.

From the start, the former Exxon chief had been an unlikely pick for top diplomat, with no formal experience but a lifetime's worth of personal relationships with heads of state and powerful global figures, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development. Tillerson's abrupt firing - he learned of his firing when Donald Trump announced it on Twitter - drew controversy given Trump's reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation and his decision not to enforce sanctions that had been passed with nearly unanimous support in Congress. I think these were larger issues that had been percolating for some time.

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The biggest shake-up of Mr Trump's Cabinet since he took office more than a year ago, which the President announced on Twitter, comes as the administration prepares for an unprecedented meeting with the leader of North Korea. His visits to Nigeria and Chad, and also Djibouti, where the United States has a military base, reflected this. "And when we release that report, we're going to be able to show, you know what, the Central Intelligence Agency just got it wrong", Stewart said on CNN.

In her current post, she worked with Pompeo to manage intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and cooperation with the CIA's foreign counterparts.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump mentioned the Iran deal when asked by reporters about the high-level shakeup: "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad; I guess [Tillerson] thought it was OK. It's been unsettling to the market within the context of what we see now in the economy, which is a favourable backdrop".

Pompeo is also likely to also oppose the commercial illogic of the Iran nuclear agreement, which enriches the Islamic clerics who rule the nation for their nuclear restraint and then allows them to use billions of dollars to underwrite their aggressive regional ambitions. That stance was echoed Tuesday by the USA general who heads the US military command responsible for the Middle East and Central Asia. So if Pompeo makes a choice for that role, and we have a sense of who that person is and their kind of background, their approach, their thinking, that will give us a better insight into the future commercial policy of the U.S. towards Africa.

On Tuesday afternoon, the White House named Heather Nauert, the department's spokesperson and a former Fox News host, acting under secretary to replace Goldstein. Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday. So that does touch the African market.

Other experts, however, point out that the pick of Pompeo shows that the U.S. is shifting to a tougher stance on North Korea and there is now a higher possibility of a military option against the reclusive regime. Comey said past year in testimony before Congress that his ouster caught him by surprise and criticized Trump for saying the bureau was in disarray. And what that means for Africa policy is that it's pretty unpredictable at this point. He wants all three strengthened if the United States is to stay in the deal. Rather than informing Comey in person or by phone, Trump sent his longtime bodyguard-turned-director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller to the Justice Department to deliver a letter notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation head he was done.

The shake-up of his team shows his willingness to be well prepared for the unprecedented summit with Kim, which could be a historic breakthrough in the North Korea nuclear crisis, said Kim Yeon-chul, a professor at Inje University.

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