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Trump Asked Tillerson To Step Aside Before Talks With North Korea

Trump Asked Tillerson To Step Aside Before Talks With North Korea

President Donald Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that he's naming Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace him. She would be the first woman in that role.

"Pompeo has a sort of hard-line approach on foreign policy that's quite black and white, and that's also how Trump sees the world", Ilan Goldenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security who worked at the State Department under then-Secretary John Kerry, said in an interview in December.

Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting USA president to do so.

"I didn't discuss it very much with with him, honestly", Trump said leaving the White House Tuesday morning for California.

"When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was bad, he thought it was okay". I guess he thought it was OK. I wanted to either break it or do something. "So we were not really thinking the same". Brennan added that in fact, Tillerson had every intention of staying because of the critical progress in national security on North Korea.

President Trump announced today that he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

When the White House stopped short of directly blaming Moscow for the high-profile nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in the United Kingdom, Tillerson pulled no punches.

Haspel, who has extensive overseas experience, briefly ran a secret CIA prison where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former USA intelligence officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. "The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason".




If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Pompeo also would take over a State Department shaken by the departures of many senior diplomats and embittered by proposed budget cuts.

Goldstein said, "We wish Secretary Pompeo well".

Pompeo, 54, has been a key defender of the president's policies, from Iran to China, and has shown a fierce loyalty, including a proclivity to indulge some of Trump's views on controversial issues such as Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Potential talks with North Korea were apparently the catalyst for booting Rex Tillerson from the State Department. Last summer as tensions rose when Kim Jong Un and Trump traded insults, Tillerson said the USA wanted to "resolve this through talks", rather than the military options the White House said were on the table.

Tillerson is the latest high-ranking official in the Trump administration to resign.

"This is a level of discussion, this president is going to drive this effort, this negotiation, but it will take a team to build out the picture, so that we put the president in the best position so that he can achieve that outcome", Pompeo said on Sunday.

In October, NBC news reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron", something Tillerson never actually denied. Senator Ron Wyden and other Democrats opposed her nomination as deputy director previous year. A CIA spokesman said when asked about the issue previous year that Pompeo's decision was aimed at stopping the "dangerous leaks and insider threats" that he saw emanating from the agency when he was a member of the House Intelligence Committee.


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