White House fires top Tillerson aide Steve Goldstein

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

A top aide to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked Tuesday, shortly after his boss was let go by President Donald Trump. While the White House says Kelly told Tillerson then that he was sacked, a senior State Department official said that Tillerson was only warned that such a tweet may be coming. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

Klobuchar, who voted against Tillerson's confirmation a year ago, did not mention the Trump administration's expected replacement. "We were really not thinking the same".

Mike Pompeo now awaits confirmation from the Senate. "The relationship has been very good and that's what I need as Secretary of State".

Regarding Pompeo, who served in the House from 2011-2017, Graham said he's a flawless pick to lead the State Department.

Though Trump has now accepted an offer for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he told reporters Tuesday that he "made that decision by myself". "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad, I guess he thought it was OK".

In his final address, Rex Tillerson thanked everyone except Trump, "I close by thanking all for the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months".

One person who was likely not surprised by Tillerson's sudden ouster is Pompeo, the man who is replacing him. "By tapping Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State", said Rainwater, "Trump is handing over the reigns of US diplomacy to one of the most hawkish members of his administration". "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world".

While the circumstances regarding the news of Tillerson's firing might, at first glance, have seemed trivial, that didn't appear to be the case for the White House.

State department officials have told reporters that Rex Tillerson found out he'd lost his job after the US President tweeted about it. Tillerson has tapped Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to take the helm until a new secretary is confirmed by the Senate. "He has made alliances that will benefit the United States and our allies".

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Trump also posted on his Twitter account that Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo as director of Central Intelligence Agency, saying that she is the first woman so chosen.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a parting shot at the "troubling behavior and actions" of the Kremlin in remarks at the State Department after he was sacked by President Trump.

Lawmakers noted that it's uncertain whether Haspel or Pompeo can muster the 60 votes necessary for their Senate confirmations.

Mrs. Pelosi released a statement which called the move an attempt to curry favor with Moscow, based on Mr. Tillerson's criticism of the Kremlin over a nerve-agent attack on a Russian ex-spy in Britain.

Tillerson's departure comes ahead of expected upcoming talks with North Korea, announced last week.

Trump announced his decision on Twitter. Trump said he will speak today with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Iran nuclear deal was one area of disagreement Trump singled out with Tillerson, a former oil executive who the president chose to serve as the nation's top diplomat despite having no prior public sector experience. A special counsel is investigating potential ties between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russians who sought to influence that race via hacked emails and fake news.

Just 42% of Americans approve of Trump's approach on the North Korea issue, with 50% disapproving, in a CBS News poll published Tuesday. Tillerson reportedly privately calls Trump a "moron" after the session.


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