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Some Japanese experts are optimistic about the latest shake-up of senior USA staff, despite the appearance that Japan has been left out of the loop on Trump's sudden decision to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May. NBC reported last July that Tillerson used the term "moron" preceded by an obscenity after a meeting at the Pentagon with Cabinet officials. Tillerson never denied using the word. He specifically mentioned the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreement.

The move stunned Mr Tillerson, 65, who joined the administration after about four decades at ExxonMobil without having a previous relationship with Mr Trump.

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House. One thing is sure; we have not heard the end of the behind-the-scenes decision to fire Tillerson and its connection with Trump's policies towards Russian Federation. I wish everyone well and look forward to getting more rest and perhaps winning an indoor rowing competition. "I wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that Washington is set on quitting the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday. He pointedly failed to thank Trump or praise his policies.

Pompeo must be confirmed by the Senate to take his post, and he will likely face climate policy questions from Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillerson broke with Trump in his belief that the administration shouldn't walk away from the agreement, and Hook's job in recent weeks has been chiefly to come up with revisions that keep the U.S. in the deal while also pleasing the president.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler said the Senate owes it to the American people to take a hard look at Deputy Director Haspel, "whose career at the Central Intelligence Agency coincides with some of the darkest moments in recent American history".

"You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".

China had issues with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but the country would likely prefer him to CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

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In his farewell remarks, Tillerson said Washington must do more to respond to Russia's "troubling behavior and actions".

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo.

May Boeve, the executive director of 350.org, also came out swinging against Pompeo. The measure of his success is striking a balance between his loyalty to Trump and the interests of the institution he will now lead. "Pompeo's worldview sees enemies in all directions", Brenner said. For all of Tillerson's bureaucratic stumbles, some of the president's most bitter adversaries credited the ex-oilman with acting as an adult and serving with dignity even as Trump publicly humiliated him. It was long rumored that this was in the works because of continual disagreements between Tillerson and the White House. Iran says such matters fall outside the nuclear deal's scope. It also noted that Mr Tillerson's exit had been rumoured for some time and that it was the latest in a string of departures of Trump officials.

Tillerson appeared to be caught by surprise last week when Trump announced he had accepted Kim's invitation to meet.

Unlike others in the administration who have always been within Trump's orbit, Tillerson didn't know Trump well at the start of his tenure and his independence was seen as a problem.

"He had no idea that this was occurring", said Steve Goldstein, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a harsh critic of Trump and Tillerson, said Pomepo would be wise to let the State Department's talent "do their jobs". "To recap, Hope Hicks is out, Gary Cohn is out, Rex Tillerson is out - on top of all that, yesterday they fired Trump's personal assistant, a guy named John McEntee".

Tillerson and Mattis had pressed a skeptical Trump to stick with the nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers, and Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation. "He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle".