Trump sacks Tillerson, names CIA's Pompeo as Secretary of State

Posted March 15, 2018

Tillerson, who was sacked by US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, ruffled feathers in Beijing before he was even sworn into office a year ago with, tough comments on China's development in the South China Sea.

Deputy Director Haspel will need to answer to the American people about her role in overseeing torture programs that are now banned, and her reported efforts to cover it up.

The professor said that even ahead of his firing, it was likely that the Japanese government was already taking into account the possibility of Tillerson's dismissal, although Abe might have been surprised by the exact timing. Countryman, who was assistant secretary of state for worldwide security and nonproliferation, said if Pompeo "has a disdain for diplomacy mirroring Trump's, it will be bad for the department and the country".

"It just depends on how much delay for delay's sake we're going to see on the nominations".

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"I have a lot of confidence in my ability to create the conditions for successful negotiations between two very disparate parties", Tillerson told reporters on his last plane trip as secretary. He was apparently not consulted about the North Korea summit.

Pompeo's hard-line views and blunt demeanor are precisely what endear him to Trump, who explained that his decision to fire Tillerson was based heavily on political differences, including on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

But with Rex Tillerson gone and Mike Pompeo on the way in, the State Department is set to regain its relevance. The secretary of state reportedly called Trump a "moron" last summer, which pushed Trump to tweet challenging Tillerson's I.Q.

When Trump appointed Tillerson to head up the State Department, the Washington foreign policy elite didn't quite know what to make of the former ExxonMobil CEO.

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"We're always on the same wavelength", Trump said of Pompeo, whose confirmation hearing is expected in April. But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on numerous nation's most pressing national security matters. Tillerson, who was traveling in Africa, had told reporters just a day earlier that the US was "a long ways from negotiations" with Pyongyang.

"He was confirmed in a bipartisan way by this Senate less than a year ago to be the head of the Central Intelligence Agency".

Torture has since been explicitly outlawed by the government, and despite Trump's endorsement of it, there have been no reports of the United States intelligence agencies returning to the practice.

"I'm concerned", he continued. James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was the first; Rex Tillerson is the latest.

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So there it is: at the very moment that Trump prepares to tackle the most delicate security issue facing the world, he has chosen to empower his most aggressive advisers and silence the voices of caution.