Tillerson exit ropes Senate into White House turmoil

Tillerson exit ropes Senate into White House turmoil

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Mr Trump told reporters after announcing Mr Tillerson's exit.

The dialogue involves External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.

Meanwhile, Tillerson's aggressive budget cuts and an ill-conceived reorganization plan alienated potential allies in both the State Department and Congress.

According to The Washington Post, Tillerson was at odds with trump on a number of issues, "including the number of troops in Afghanistan, the blockade of Qatar and Cuba".

A high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defense Secretary G Mohan Kumar were scheduled to be in U.S. for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue.

Tillerson said he was delegating his responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and would formally step down at the end of the month. "No one has a stronger relationship with President Trump than Mike Pompeo".

"While I could be mistaken and I hope so, Mr. Pompeo's appointment in conjunction with Ambassador Haley's continuing antics in the United Nations are of little assistance in resolving global crisis", Rasmussen said. "While Tillerson reputedly was a relatively moderate voice on a few issues (the Iran nuclear accord), he pretty much hewed to the White House hard-line on everything else", he said.

For his part, Pompeo is a former Republican congressman from Kansas and a member of the Tea Party movement.

Trump was reportedly planning to sack Tillerson also in a bid to ensure his diplomatic team is in place before the USA talks with Pyongyang and negotiations on key trade deals.

Tillerson has been in this post for a little over a year. And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development.


Former CIA Clandestine Service director John Bennett said she took on "some of the most demanding and least rewarding assignments in the War on Terror, not because she sought them out, but because she felt it was her duty". "I'm just kidding. They fired Goldstein".

Williams said Tillerson was simply ineffective in his role because he didn't always reflect Trump's views. He pointedly failed to thank Trump or praise his policies.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said yesterday that hearings for Pompeo and Gina Haspel - the new nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency - would begin in April, noting that Pompeo was confirmed at the Central Intelligence Agency less than a year ago.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he wished Tillerson well but conceded he and the former secretary of state often didn't see eye to eye.

Most wouldn't characterize Tillerson as the conventional Secretary of State, considering his business background and his approach to the role as top USA diplomat.

One senior White House official said that when Trump made the decision to meet with Kim while Tillerson was in Africa, an aide asked if Tillerson should weigh in on the matter. The president mentioned differences over how to handle the Iran agreement, "so we were not really thinking the same".

The truth is that Tillerson never should have been put in that position in the first place.

"There's a feeling that the adults are leaving the building", Newnham said about the White House, which has seen a string of top officials resign or be fired. This State Department mandate was essentially delegated to the Pentagon or Trump's inner circle, most notably his son-in-law Jared Kushner who has been the conduit to Trump for foreign leaders instead of Tillerson. "I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies", he said.

"I think Rex will be much happier now", Trump said before flying to California.

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