Trump Fires Tillerson, Taps Pompeo As Secretary Of State

Trump Fires Tillerson, Taps Pompeo As Secretary Of State

In one instance, Tillerson pointedly refused to deny calling his boss a moron.

"I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service", Trump said. His positions include being outspokenly pro-life and taking many stances that fit hand-in-glove with those of Trump and the conservative movement. As recently as Monday night, while he was in the air flying back from a weeklong trip to Africa, an aide said Tillerson was staying put.

Tillerson had been seen as out-of-step with the president for months.

"If you are going to fire cabinet secretaries for being bad at their jobs, let me refer you to Betsy DeVos" appearance on "60 Minutes, '" Meyers said on Tuesday night.

When Trump moved into the White House, he promised an "America First" platform that could have reshaped United States foreign and trade policy more radically than at any point since the beginning of the Cold War.

His meeting with Buhari was the final leg of his five-nation African tour that saw him visit Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria.

Former and current career diplomats have painted Mr Tillerson's corporate-style reorganisation of the State Department as an act of dismantlement. "Rex is a very good man". Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later. "He thought it was OK", Trump said.

"If there are any changes to U.S. foreign policy obviously that is a matter for the United States", she told reporters in Sydney. Now is not the time for uncertainty in the president's administration.

Tillerson had also encouraged Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and tried to change the president's mind on leaving the Paris climate agreement.

Flynn lasted only 22 days as national security advisor. The rumors were persistent enough that the possibility of Tillerson's departure was dubbed "Rexit". He has been as consistently hawkish as Mr Tillerson. In January, he told CNN he would still be around at the end of 2018. Describing Tillerson's mood, Goldstein said: "He's accepting". Before leaving the White House for California, Trump heaped more praise on Haspel: "Gina, by the way, who I know very well, who I've worked very closely with, will be the first woman director of the Central Intelligence Agency", he said.

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Tillerson emerged as one of the administration's strongest voices critical of Russian Federation.

On top of that, there are issues of Russian interference in US elections, unrest in the Middle East, the possibility of canceling a nuclear deal with Iran and a host of other high-stakes issues facing the country.

"I'm a big boy", Goldstein told reporters later.

Trump's next opportunity to reimpose sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal falls on May 12.

Tillerson was frequently at odds with the mercurial president and Trump said that while he and Tillerson got along "quite well" they "disagreed on things", notably the Iran nuclear deal.

Blessing said Trump, who had no political experience prior to being elected president, crafted his team as an amateur and is now adjusting it to meet his needs.

Although Tillerson supported the approach to the war in Afghanistan that Trump announced previous year, he felt no need to frame USA goals in the same maximal terms as the commander in chief. But over time, many lawmakers grew to appreciate Tillerson as a relatively steady hand in the chaotic Trump administration.

"When you look at the Iran deal".

But much of what the new secretary of state will have on his plate will not wait.

"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.

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Speculation about Pompeo replacing Tillerson began late previous year, though in recent weeks, Tillerson - who once said he wasn't interested in the job as America's top diplomat and hadn't met Trump before interviewing for the post - seemed to have weathered the storm.

Tillerson said he would now return to private life.

Within the State Department, many considered Tillerson an agent of unwelcome change.

It's actually hard to understand why Kushner's even still in the White House. Dozens of senior officials have retired or been edged out since Tillerson took over.

Reince Priebus, the bland former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was supposed to manage the White House workflow and control the door to Trump's office.

Tillerson also complained to friends about competing power centers and a culture of backstabbing that is very different from the top-down corporate culture he left.

Tillerson had spearheaded the maximum pressure campaign that the administration credits with bringing the North Koreans to the negotiating table, bringing the issue up in every country meeting he had, no matter how seemingly unrelated.

"There's a pattern and practice to dismiss anyone with whom this president has a policy difference, and that appears to be the case with Secretary Tillerson", Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

Then, Tillerson called Trump an (expletive) moron over the summer and nearly resigned.

Pompeo said the "intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election", when the intelligence community did not, in fact, make that assessment.

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"We do not honor, nor do we promote or accept, hate speech in any form", he said then.

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