Trump fires Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

President Trump is saying the opposite.

USA stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

The Washington Post reported Trump asked Tillerson to step down last Friday.

He continued with, "Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo, and she will be the CIA's first-ever female director, a historic milestone. He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

US President Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who left Kenya on Monday after a three-day State visit to Nairobi.

"Congratulations to all!" the president said.

Michael Flynn Resigned in February as Trump's national security adviser after disclosures that he had discussed USA sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

"He represented a stable view with regard to the implementation of diplomacy in North Korea, Iran and other places in the world", said Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during most of Tillerson's tenure at State.

Now, Trump is heading into an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with North Korea'sKim Jong Un over that country's nuclear program. Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said he was "very pleased" former CIA acting director Michael Morell "applaud [ed] the appointment", and Pompeo praised Haspel as "an exemplary intelligence officer and a devoted patriot".

The tensions peaked last Autumn amid reports Mr Tillerson had called Mr Trump a "moron" and considered resigning. When Trump ultimately accepted Kim's invitation for a meeting, Tillerson was in Ethiopia, though he said he spoke with Trump about it shortly before it was announced. "I wish him all the best in his future endeavors".

A government outsider lacking diplomatic experience, Tillerson arrived at the White House after decades at Exxon Mobile, rising from engineer in 1975 to chairman and CEO in 2006, overseeing vast expansion of the company's operations worldwide.

It was telling that the White House announced the personnel moves through an increasingly common playbook: A leak, a tweet and written statements from those involved.

Here is a partial list of officials who have been fired or quit since Trump took office on January 20, 2017, as well as people nominated by him for a position who did not take the job. "When you look at the Iran deal: I think it's bad, I guess he thinks it was OK".

Even Tillerson himself had been reluctant to accept the position. The president and his surrogates consistently criticized reports that Tillerson would not last long - reports that now appear to have been well-founded.

Schumer says, "If he's confirmed, we hope that Mr. Pompeo will turn over a new leaf and will start toughening up our policies towards Russian Federation and Putin".

Tillerson's departure marks the latest in a flood of turnover in Trump's inner circle, including the exits of national security advisor Mike Flynn, strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, top economic advisor Gary Cohn, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, and White House communications director Hope Hicks.

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