Trump's pick for new Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel dogged by secret prisons

Trump's pick for new Central Intelligence Agency chief Haspel dogged by secret prisons

The most awkward moment came in October 2017 when it was reported that Tillerson called the president "a moron" in a meeting.

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump told reporters after announcing Tillerson's exit.

Current and former USA intelligence officials who have worked with Haspel praised her as an effective leader who could be expected to stand up to the pressures that Trump has often placed on spy agencies - including his denunciations of the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. The odds are microscopic that direct talks between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will lead to an agreement for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.

As undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Goldstein was the fourth highest ranking official at the State Department. Trump caused quite a controversy at a United Nations luncheon in September when he alluded to his friends getting rich in Africa, but in general, we haven't seen much of an economic strategy during his administration.

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile programme; the terms under which worldwide inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire after 10 years.

"I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service", Trump said. "He will continue our program of restoring Americas standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Trump later said in a statement issued by the White House. Hours before his firing was made public, Tillerson vocally condemned Russia for allegedly poisoning an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, even as the White House declined to assert blame. Trump is set to meet Kim by the end of May.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State". Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

Charles Schwab Corp. founder Charles Schwab on Rex Tillerson's ouster as secretary of state. "Congratulations to all!" Trump said on Twitter.

For Thomas Countryman, who was assistant secretary of state for global security and nonproliferation from 2011 to 2017, the reshuffle could have catastrophic consequences for USA national security.

In December, Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a US demand that Pyongyang must accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. It was long rumored that this was in the works because of continual disagreements between Tillerson and the White House.

In an earlier statement released to the media, State Department spokesman Steve Goldstein said Tillerson "had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security", particularly on the latest opening with North Korea. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

I have has written a fair amount about Tillerson's incompetence and ineffectiveness as Secretary of State.

Is there a possible link between Tillerson's tour of Africa and his being sacked by Trump? .

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate after an April committee hearing, Pompeo will be taking over a State Department shaken by the departures of many senior diplomats and embittered by proposed budget cuts.

Tillerson was not Trump's first choice as Secretary of State.

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired.

"I just want to make sure she understands the laws that exist today that did not exist back then [that] would outlaw the behavior in question", he said.

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