State Department looks past Tillerson to get ready for Pompeo

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Deputy CIA director Gina Haspel will succeed Mr Pompeo, becoming the first woman to lead the agency.

Here is a round-up of reactions to Mr Tillerson's ouster, dubbed Rexit by some media. Pressuring North Korea with sanctions and other isolation measures had been a top Tillerson priority, and he had been one of the administration's more vocal advocates for holding talks in some form with the North.

The decision comes as the USA administration is preparing for high stakes and historic talks between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"The torture of detainees in United States custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", said Republican Senator John McCain, who was himself tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"The Trump administration with Pompeo at the State Department has to mobilize the worldwide community against Iran", said Alex Vatanka, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

So when the White House heard this from the official State Department spokesman, they reviewed their process, they realized the degrading way they fired Rex Tillerson, and they apologized. Goldstein said the former Exxon Mobil CEO was "unaware of the reason" he was sacked and "had had every intention of staying".

Late-night talk show hosts had a field day with the news of President Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He also singled out Russia for its apparent role in the Soviet-era nerve weapon used to poison a former Russian double agent in Britain - a position that initially diverged from the White House.


But the constant undercutting between the president and secretary of state wasn't doing much to project confidence either, she said. Tillerson, who was traveling in Africa, had told reporters just a day earlier that the US was "a long ways from negotiations" with Pyongyang. Trump loathes the agreement. "As the tribulations inside the Trump Administration mount, such news foretells of a lack of decision and efficacy in Washington on the global stage", it added.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, where Pompeo became editor of the Harvard Law Review, he ran two businesses in Kansas. "The president has made an excellent choice in asking Gina to take on the responsibilities of leading the Central Intelligence Agency and I look forward to working with her".

Rex Tillerson's firing comes as the U.S. secretary of state ended an African tour focused on security. The chances of war with Iran and North Korea will rise.

Meanwhile, a source close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the news was a surprise, but one that would not affect US-Japan ties.

On Tillerson's plane trip back from Africa, he had told reporters he had cut short his mission by one night because he was exhausted after working most of the night both Friday on Saturday and falling ill. And the US-Russia relations, US-China relations and North Korea seem to be the dominant themes of this administration from a foreign policy perspective to date. Tillerson also thanked employees from the Departments of State and Defense, but pointedly declined to thank Trump.

The government on Wednesday reacted calmly to the sudden dismissal of U.S. Secretary of the State Rex Tillerson, saying that the long-standing alliance between the two countries will remain strong.

"Tillerson loathed by State Dept diplomats, but balanced & sensible in most areas of foreign policy", Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, said in a Twitter message.

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