U.S. under state secretary fired after speaking for Tillerson

U.S. under state secretary fired after speaking for Tillerson”

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson apparently became the first American Cabinet secretary to be fired over Twitter on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump announced the former ExxonMobil CEO's impending departure at 8:44 a.m. Tillerson later said during a press conference that he received a call from Trump to inform him of the decision at around noon-three hours after the tweet. Trump's change puts Pompeo, an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal, in charge of USA diplomacy as the president decides whether to withdraw the US from the agreement.

Both are considered to be among of the strongest supporters of diplomacy now on the scene in Western governments, even though Tillerson's position frequently clashed with the White House and was undermined by a rocky personal relationship with Trump. Of course, Trump's 2016 presidential campaign was marred by accusations that he sexually harassed and assaulted numerous women.

Mike Pompeo now awaits confirmation from the Senate. Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation.

"Would you define this White House as stable?" a reporter followed up. As Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said in a statement Tuesday, "The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve".

Trump's choice of the Central Intelligence Agency director to replace Rex Tillerson means an Iran hawk who fiercely opposed the 2015 pact as a member of Congress will now be in charge of the US diplomacy trying to strengthen, and perhaps save, it.

However, unlike Tillerson, a former businessman who lacked government experience when Trump picked him past year as secretary of state, Pompeo is well aware of the ways of Washington. Hours later, he was sacked, too. The accord was signed in 2015 by almost every country in the world, including the USA and China.

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While he espoused unconventional views on the organization of the State Department - and made sweeping reform of the bureaucracy his top concern - Tillerson proved to be cut from the same cloth of the national security conservatives who have dominated the GOP for decades.

He also would surely benefit from being more in sync with Trump, who has often been at odds with Tillerson, and would likely be seen by foreign leaders as a more credible surrogate for the president. Compare Tillerson's response to that of Pompeo. The president will still make off-the-cuff decisions, send unhelpful tweets and subcontract large, ill-defined areas of foreign policy to relatives.

Blessing said he believes the move also adds ammunition for the president's critics. Current and former White House officials said Pompeo has proven more adept at negotiating the shifting power structures inside the administration and in reading and responding to the wishes of the president.

Pompeo too has taken a harder line than Trump himself on Russian Federation.

While some intelligence officers have been impressed by Pompeo's intellect and his advocacy of more robust covert operations, others have said privately that he has used his face-to-face briefings with Trump to selectively feed him intelligence rather than providing unvarnished assessments.

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