Trump sacks Rex Tillerson, appoints CIA chief Mike Pompeo Secretary of State

Incoming CIA director Gina Haspel delivers remarks at the 2017 William J. Donovan Award Dinner in Washington DC

Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Pompeo will be replaced by Haspel.

Trump has blasted the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program and a landmark achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama - as the "worst deal ever negotiated".

Tillerson was notified Friday that he could be replaced, leading him to return home from an Africa trip a day early, according to American news outlets.

President Donald Trump's sacking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could sound the death knell for the Iran nuclear deal and further strain USA ties with key European allies.

Cyr said the secretary of state "doesn't operate at the pleasure of the foreign service professionals", and cited Henry Kissinger and James Baker, as secretaries of state that "kept their distance from the department and operated pretty independently". Pompeo will need confirmation by the Senate.

Iran. In commenting to reporters on the appointment, Mr. Trump singled out the Iran nuclear agreement as an issue on which he disagreed with Mr. Tillerson, saying, "I think it's awful; I guess he thought it was O.K".

Torture has since been explicitly outlawed by the government, and despite Trump's endorsement of it, there have been no reports of the United States intelligence agencies returning to the practice.

With Tillerson out of the picture - and replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo - Trump is all the more likely to follow his first instinct and blow up the entire accord.

Trump wanted his new team in place ahead of talks with North Korea and ongoing trade negotiations, a senior White House official said.

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President Trump wrote a letter to Comey, telling him "you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau".

Because of North Korea's nuclear weapons, an American president says he is willing to meet an Orwellian dictator of a small, bankrupt state. Gary Cohn recently announced his resignation as director of the National Economic Council. Tillerson backed the JCPOA; Trump called it an "embarrassment".

In Syria, Pompeo will confront a USA policy that so far makes little sense.

In remarks to reporters Tuesday, Trump highlighted his differences with Tillerson on Iran and North Korea. The US Congress had a hearing on that last week and there are folks in the White House working on US-China global competition issues.

Tillerson, who was confirmed by a 56-43 vote in the Senate a year ago, was removed after months of reported mutual dislike between the two men, with Tillerson also reportedly calling the president a "moron" in private. In the meantime we can say it's probably going to be secondary or tertiary to this administration's concern as it seems to be focused on North Korea and still fighting the image of Russian meddling.

"And we commenced the steps to dramatically increase not just the scope, but the effectiveness of the sanctions" he said.

Pompeo clearly has a much closer relationship with Trump and has displayed more public fealty to him.

Pompeo is also likely to also oppose the commercial illogic of the Iran nuclear agreement, which enriches the Islamic clerics who rule the nation for their nuclear restraint and then allows them to use billions of dollars to underwrite their aggressive regional ambitions.

Some said Washington may take a harder line under Pompeo and the Europeans may be under more pressure to offer concessions, while others suggested his views on the deal have evolved and he may be better placed to influence Trump to keep it. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on draft legislation to alter what they view as flaws in the deal, praised Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of state. The other, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon, plans to retire when his successor is confirmed.

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