Maine's congressional delegation focuses on Tillerson's replacement

Mar 14, 2018, 05:51
Maine's congressional delegation focuses on Tillerson's replacement

"Rex Tillerson's short tenure as secretary of state was marked by the departure of experienced professionals and low morale; however, he was a grown-up in the president's Cabinet and one of the few voices in the Trump administration taking a hard line with Russia", Pingree said in her statement.

A number of USA media outlets reported that he learned of his firing as secretary of state the same way many Americans did - from a tweet by President Donald Trump unveiling Mike Pompeo as his new top diplomat.

Tillerson will pass authority at midnight to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, remaining at the department for handover purposes until March 31.

Mr Tillerson had returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement, which offered no explanation for the change. Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation.

The fact is that in many ways Tillerson - despite being a former ExxonMobil chief executive who had never served in government - represents the very Washington establishment that Trump showers with contempt.

October 4, 2017 - Tillerson tells reporters he is not considering leaving his post following reports that he had referred to Trump as a "moron".

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump told reporters. "I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently".

Trump's choice for Tillerson's replacement, Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, is also vocally anti-Putin.

Trump announced earlier that he had fired Tillerson, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

TRT World spoke to Leone Lakhani for more details.

Still, this is also a critical time in Canada-U.S. relations, and it appears Canada has just lost a key ally in the Trump administration with the president's move to fire Tillerson.

Mr Goldstein was later sacked for contradicting the White House, NBC reports.

Pompeo, a former member of Congress, may prove more adept at winning friends on Capitol Hill.

On Iran, Pompeo is expected to support Trump's desire to terminate the nuclear agreement crafted by the Obama administration-a break from Tillerson, who had warned ending the agreement would be extremely unsafe. More recently, reports indicated that Tillerson was shocked to hear about Trump's planned meetings with North Korea.

In recent months, Haspel has been running the day-to-day operations at the agency, while Pompeo spent a lot of time at the White House, according to former and current CIA officials with knowledge of the matter and a former White House official.

Trump's position: Last June, Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement. And it continued a distressing trend: Trump's administration is hemorrhaging people. Others include strategist Steve Bannon, national security adviser Michael Flynn, FBI Director James Comey, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, health secretary Tom Price, communications directors Hope Hicks and Anthony Scaramucci, economic adviser Gary Cohn and press secretary Sean Spicer.

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