Tillerson, Pompeo and Haspel — Trump's Intelligence Circus

Gina Haspel a veteran CIA clandestine officer

A part of his legacy is in his pushback to Trump policies Tillerson considered unwise and argued against, a battle he did not often win.

Throughout this horror, Haspel reported to CIA headquarters on progress - including the failure to get any meaningful intelligence.

Tillerson, in a message sent to US embassies and consulates three days after President Donald Trump ousted him, also told American diplomats he was proud of them and would be cheering for their success.

Mr Tillerson was thousands of miles away on a tour of African countries when Mr Trump made the snap decision to meet Kim, and suspended his schedule on grounds he was "unwell" before cutting short his trip. If that's not flawless material for a Trumpy rant on the trail in red states about soft European elites, I don't know what is.

Shapiro, a former United States ambassador, commented that, for him, Trump's decision is a step in the right direction.

"When you read that sort of the joyful gleeful at someone who is being tortured", Paul said, "I find it just awesome that anyone would consider having this woman at the head of the Central Intelligence Agency".

As Trump put it, Tillerson had to go because "we were not thinking the same".

"I believe the agency is mistaken if it thinks it can escape from what happened here", added Prados, a frequent critic of the agency and the author of The Ghosts of Langley: Into The CIA's Heart Of Darkness.

"I'm going to do everything I can to block them", said Paul. America's best hope is that Pompeo will succeed where Tillerson failed in diverting the president from his own worst impulses. As Seth Meyers explained on Late Night, he has sympathy for the Tillersons and Gary Cohns of the world-"but in the same way I feel sympathy when someone gets attacked by a gorilla at the zoo".

In many ways, US laws and policies are much clearer today than in the past and have effectively settled some legal questions.

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An analysis of his political career further stated that while he had more experience with foreign relations and national security compared to Tillerson, this could make him all the more risky as the Secretary of State.

It was a stance adjusted within days: Trump had obviously had a word in his ear that such a position did not tally with the "maximum pressure" program being exerted by Washington. In its place, foreign policy is driven on an ad hoc basis by the whims of Trump and the interests - political and financial - of family and friends: son-in-law Jared Kushner, hard-right adviser Stephen Miller, yes-man Pompeo, billonaire commerce secretary Wilbur Ross. By his evaluation, Tillerson "had the energy of a 14-year-old bloodhound on his third mint julep; he always looked like he was walking through a fart cloud".

Tillerson, it should be recalled, was recommended for the job by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who served under President George W. Bush.

He would need 50 votes to win Senate confirmation. Pompeo's role as secretary of state and Trump's principal diplomatic advisor, therefore, could well be crucial. (That remark was occasioned by Trump's enthusiasm last July that he wished to increase the inventory of United States nuclear warheads from 4,000 to a previous total of 32,000.) His boss, in turn, felt that there was no chemistry between them. Pompeo may well have been one of the very few people who spoke to Trump about the meeting before the president hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in's messengers bearing Kim's offer.

Former CIA Moscow station chief Daniel Hoffman told The Washington Times that she is likely to be embraced and celebrated inside the agency by officials whose careers and views exist in a classified setting, far from public view.

The failure to deliver those options is yet another reason Tillerson's tenure at State had to end.

Tillerson did not speak about his unceremonious firing by Trump in a tweet, a clear indication, this official said, "that he was telling us it is time to move on".

The next day, Friday, Trump told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to tell Tillerson he needed to resign, according to White House officials.

Gina Haspel, an undercover CIA officer for three decades, is being nominated to become director of the spy agency.


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