Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Fired, Replaced By CIA Director Mike Pompeo
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, ending Tillerson's hard tenure by tweeting an ouster that had been long expected and yet was shocking in its abruptness.
President Donald Trump has appointed Gina Haspel as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency.
USA stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news. In February 2017, for example, The Washington Post's Carol Morello and Anne Gearan reported that "the Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the preeminent voice of US foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a mostly offstage role".
U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen, for the position of CIA Director, a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the President has supported.
President Trump announced the news of Tillerson's ouster on Twitter, thanking him for his service.
Early in 2018, Trump said on Twitter that Mr Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.Tillerson had joined Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in pressing a sceptical Mr Trump to stick with the agreement with Iran and other world powers over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and he has taken a more hawkish view than Mr Trump on Russian Federation.
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The president has accepted an invitation, conveyed by South Korea, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un within the next two months to discuss denuclearization.
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"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process". The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning.
State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein echoed that sentiment in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday morning, saying, "The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security". "I wish him all the best in his future endeavors".
Trump cites their divergent opinions on the Iran nuclear deal.
Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea. Paid $27.3 million past year, Tillerson has accumulated roughly $160 million in Exxon stock along with $149 million of unvested stock options, according a proxy statement the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. How long do you think it'll be before the next dismissal comes from the White House?
Mr Pompeo is a former hardline conservative Republican lawmaker from Kansas and a Trump loyalist.
The White House distanced itself from those remarks, and a few days later, Tillerson himself backed off.
Tillerson is just the latest to step down in the Trump administration.
In fact, according to a report by Fox News, the president chose to make this decision ahead of the expected upcoming summit between him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.