Rex Tillerson's ouster: How it unfolded

Rex Tillerson's ouster: How it unfolded

The president made the announcement on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

As Trump becomes more confident in his foreign policy, he has come to realize that the USA diplomatic apparatus was holding him back in some ways, Carafano said.

On Tuesday morning, the top question wasn't why President Trump chose to fire his secretary of state, but why he made a decision to do it when he did. Tillerson left Africa on Monday.

It is highly unusual for a secretary of state to be replaced after only a year or so.

Both she and Pompeo would need confirmation by the Senate to take the positions. Though Tillerson was steady and respected, he and the president weren't always on the same message and gave mixed signals to foreign diplomats.

"The State Department is in chaos", Sen. He has been criticized for defending the agency's use of torture. Graham also expressed unease about the woman tapped to replace Pompeo at the CIA-Gina Haspel-whose record includes overseeing a CIA black site that waterboarded detainees during the George W. Bush administration.

October 1, 2017 - Trump tweets that he doesn't think it's worth seeking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The prime minister described Central Intelligence Agency director Mr Pompeo as a great friend of Australia who was already well-known to the government. Yet his ability to handle delicate topics like the North Korea issue remains to be seen, considering his lack of formal diplomatic experience.


Goldstein was sacked shortly after making that statement, which contradicted the White House's official story on Tillerson's exit.

Rami Khouri, a senior fellow at the American University of Beirut, said Haspel's appointment was "in keeping" with previous actions by the Trump administration.

Trust that will prove vital in the coming weeks as the USA has agreed to talks with diplomats and even the leader of North Korea.

Tillerson argued that it was in United States interests not to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran; Pompeo says he would prefer cancel the "disastrous deal" today rather than tomorrow.

Goldstein told CNN he was informed of the decision by the White House personnel office.

He said this pressure campaign had "exceeded the expectations of nearly everyone" and noted it was he who had declared on his first trip to Asia as secretary that the "era of strategic patience is over". "I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mind-set, a different thinking". The accord was signed in 2015 by almost every country in the world, including the USA and China.

"I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon", Corker said in a statement. A conservative Republican, he has criticized the Iran agreement as well as Muslim immigrants. We don't know where that would be ((overlaid with pix of Pompeo)) but we do know that Mike Pompeo will play a crucial role in preparing President to those talks.

The new secretary will inherit a weakened State Department.

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