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Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

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

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.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, if confirmed as the next secretary of state, would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top USA diplomat: the confidence of President Donald Trump, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy.

According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Tillerson to step aside last Friday. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

In a statement, the president offered praise for Tillerson as he becomes yet another top official to exit the White House: "I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service". Two officials said Trump wanted to have a new team in place ahead of an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as trade talks.

While in Kenya, Tillerson canceled events he was scheduled to undertake in Nairobi on Saturday, the second day of his three-day visit to the country.

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

"His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the Central Intelligence Agency have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation", said Mr. Trump in a statement. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well". The two also disagreed on whether the US should remain part of the Iran deal brokered in 2015 to stop the country's development of nuclear weapons.




This administration feels a lot like a cycle of "America's Next Top Model" or Trump's own "Celebrity Apprentice" because it was only a few weeks ago that we were making a list and checking it twice for the total firings since Trump took office. Most pressing of all: what to do about North Korea?

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.

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". McEntee was escorted out of the White House after he was sacked, reportedly for over an unspecified security issue.

Later, her name was on the order to carry out the destruction of videotapes of the interrogation, the New York Times reported, although the agency said her superior, Jose Rodriguez, head of the clandestine service, had made the decision.

Even Tillerson himself had been reluctant to accept the position.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times and Tillerson appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced plans to meet with North Korea's Kim.

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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