Trump says 'disagreed on things' with Rex Tillerson

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

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. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest in a long string of staff departures under President Donald Trump. Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen. "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world". Trump acknowledged that his approach to foreign policy has repeatedly clashed with Tillerson's. But Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in a statement emailed to FP, indicated Tillerson was caught off guard by the announcement.

A top State Department official said Trump never explained to Tillerson the reason why he was sacked. "The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason". Here are five reasons why Trump may have fired Tillerson. "The committee will consider his nomination as expeditiously as possible", he said.

Trump's public frustrations with Tillerson began well before that. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well".

Stephen Bannon Trump's chief strategist, who had been a driving force behind the president's anti-globalization and pro-nationalist agenda that helped propel him to election victory, was sacked by Trump in mid-August. "Chaos at the top may make for good reality TV but it's risky foreign policy".

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Another European diplomat, by email: "There were rumors about Pompeo heading [State] for some time". Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

Mr. Trump made Tuesday's move while Mr. Tillerson, formerly the CEO of ExxonMobil, was out of the country, finishing a week-long tour of several African nations.

"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process". "When you look at the Iran deal: I think it's awful, I guess he thinks it was OK". "I really appreciate his service".

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When asked about whether he consulted Tillerson about accepting an invitation to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong, Trump said he didn't speak with him about the issue. Tillerson, like most in the administration, seemed to be blindsided by Trump's acceptance of a meeting with the North Korean dictator.

Hours before his ouster, Tillerson raised eyebrows by issuing some of his strongest statements yet on Russian Federation.

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.

Hope Hicks The White House communications director, one of Trump's longest-serving and most trusted aides, resigned on February 28.

Tillerson stoked resentment and criticism from some State Department employees for his controversial efforts to reform and pare down the department's bureaucracy, which some saw as a hollowing out of Foggy Bottom.

There had been longstanding rumours throughout most of Mr Tillerson's tenure of friction between Mr Trump and his secretary of state, a former Exxon Mobile Corp chief executive officer. "But that is why we do our job here and they do their job at the White House".

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Robin Townley. An aide to Flynn, Townley was rejected in February after he was denied security clearance to serve on the U.S. National Security Council, according to Politico. Haley has also worked with the USA intelligence agency to declassify evidence linking Iran to the supply of ballistic missiles to Houthi insurgents in Yemen.

Some national security insiders, meanwhile, have mused during recent months that Mr. Pompeo might be a stronger fit for secretary of state because of his focus on the North Korea crisis.

Another U.N. -based diplomat described the former congressman as an unknown quantity.

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