March 21, 2018

Rex Tillerson learned he was sacked from Donald Trump tweet

13 March 2018, 06:45 | Opal Carroll

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She was the fourth person to hold the post since Trump became president.

He said Mr. Pompeo "will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump cites their divergent opinions on the Iran nuclear deal. The president regularly criticizes the agreement as a bad deal and has repeatedly threatened to end it. I wanted to break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently.

"I wish Rex Tillerson well", Trump continued.

"I had a very good conversation with Director Pompeo this morning and look forward to meeting with him soon", Corker said in a statement.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a "great decision" for next secretary of state.

It was reported a year ago that Rex Tillerson had used that word to describe Donald Trump, a clear indication of the hard relationship the two men had. He wrote in his memoir that in 2005 she ordered the destruction of dozens of videotapes of interrogations at the camp.

Over months of speculation about Tillerson's future, Haley had been rumored as one possible successor. The Washington Post first reported news of Tillerson's firing, shortly before the president's tweet.

There was frequent friction between the president and Mr. Tillerson.

"I didn't discuss it very much with with him, honestly", Trump said leaving the White House Tuesday morning for California. Trump had previously berated Tillerson publicly on Twitter, saying he was wasting his time talking to North Korea, a line that had led the secretary of state to remark (just before Trump changed his mind) that there was no immediate prospect of talks with North Korea.

Current and former officials said Pompeo was likely to get along better with Congress and with the White House, not least because of his conservative bent. "The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason".

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Tillerson leaves behind a short-lived and mixed legacy at the State Department, where he sometimes ran afoul of the White House and stoked criticism for his handling of the department.

Haspel also became embroiled in another controversy later, as deputy to Jose Rodriguez, the controversial head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center.

The president tweeted Tuesday morning that he tapped Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

In December Mr Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key United States demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted. He added, " want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

Early in 2018, Trump said on Twitter that Mr Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea.Tillerson had joined Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in pressing a sceptical Mr Trump to stick with the agreement with Iran and other world powers over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and he has taken a more hawkish view than Mr Trump on Russian Federation.

The rumors came a month after a bombshell NBC News report revealed Tillerson privately railed against the president and called him a "moron" at a closed-door meeting at the Pentagon.

The news broke just hours after Tillerson debarked from a plane from a weeklong trip to Africa.

The president offered glowing praise for Mr. Pompeo and Ms. Haspel.

Tillerson was slated to retire from Exxon in March 2017 at age 65 under the company's mandatory retirement policy.

Conspicuously missing: A statement from Tillerson himself.

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