Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson

Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson

The departing secretary did not take issue with the decision, but suggested it was made possible by the hard work of his State Department and allies in building sanctions and diplomatic pressure.

Within hours, Goldstein himself was sacked. This is the message Trump was trying to send during his address to the South Korean legislature, when he told Kim in no uncertain terms: "The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer".

Other well-known White House departures also featured in social media jokes.

He took a special shot at Russian Federation. The unceremonious ouster is rankling Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill, even those who were not great fans of Tillerson's leadership.

Pompeo forged a close relationship with Trump as a regular presence in his presidential daily briefing.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

As for Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO whom Trump picked as his administration's top Cabinet official, the president said simply, "we disagreed on things". Trump frequently criticized the agreement as a candidate. He added: "Really, it was a different mind-set, a different thinking".

The planned meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and ongoing tensions with Russian Federation over election interference are clearly going to be far more pressing issues for Rex Tillerson's replacement at the State Department.

March 8, 2018 - Tillerson says during a visit to Ethiopia that the U.S is not ready for direct talks with North Korea. "Tillerson had reliably, if unsuccessfully, pushed back against President Trump's more aggressive instincts on Iran ..."

Fleitz cited Tillerson's failure to appropriately promote the president's foreign policy agenda and an expensive reorganization plan as two additional factors that caused tension within the administration for the former ExxonMobil chief. After joining the Trump administration, Tillerson appeared to signal his interest in sticking with the Paris deal.

Gina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the CIA, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the US intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.

Pompeo, a former Army officer who represented a Kansas district in Congress before taking the Central Intelligence Agency job, is seen as a Trump loyalist who has enjoyed a less hostile relationship with career spies than Tillerson had with career diplomats. "He will do a fantastic job!"

But the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing to confirm her for the top CIA post could be rocky.

"We're going to continue to build a strong productive relationship moving forward on highlighting just the closeness, the interconnected-ness, the unique relationship in all the world that is the friendship between Canada and the United States".

"I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture".

Tillerson's firing came barely four hours after he returned to Washington from a trip to Africa that he had cut short, telling reporters that he was exhausted after working most of the night two nights in a row and getting sick in Ethiopia.

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