Five Reasons Why Trump Fired Rex Tillerson

Five Reasons Why Trump Fired Rex Tillerson

"We disagreed on things", Trump said moments later, a diplomatic version of a hard relationship with his top diplomat that included reports that Tillerson had called the president a moron in meetings with other officials. The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning.

'I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next director of the Central Intelligence agency, ' Haspel said.

Trump's change puts an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal in charge of USA diplomacy as the president also dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea. "I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking".

Trump says he and Pompeo have a "very, very similar thought process".

Early a year ago, Haley and her husband led Pompeo and his wife on a personal tour of the U.N. Security Council.

Senior State Department officials said Mr Tillerson was unaware of why Mr Trump pushed him out and that he had meant to stay in the job.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday the White House was standing with the United Kingdom as it investigated the attack, but she stopped short of blaming Russian Federation for the attack.

Trump's early morning announcement took the State Department by surprise, barely four hours after Tillerson returned prematurely from a trip to Africa and just as officials had been preparing yet again to dispute rumors of his demise. Two officials said Trump wanted to have a new team in place ahead of an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as trade talks.

At 11:17AM ET (15:17 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 60.97 points, or 0.39 percent, to 15,665.76.

Fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L), and his replacement, Mike Pompeo. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

It was reported past year that Rex Tillerson had used that word to describe Donald Trump, a clear indication of the hard relationship the two men had. If confirmed, she would become the CIA's first female director.

Pompeo, however, will need to find a way to grapple with a boss who has shown little regard for diplomacy and no qualms about undermining Tillerson with Twitter posts, current and former USA officials said. Unlike Tillerson, Louis McLane wasn't fired by President Andrew Jackson.

Anthony Scaramucci The White House communications director was sacked by Trump in July after just 10 days on the job, following profanity-laced comments to The New Yorker magazine.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times and Tillerson appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced plans to meet with North Korea's Kim.

In December, Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

When the White House stopped short of directly blaming Moscow for the high-profile nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in the United Kingdom, Tillerson pulled no punches.

"We're a long way from negotiations", Tillerson said.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

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