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Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson ahead of North Korea talks

15 March, 2018, 06:07 | Author: Janis Wilson
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He has been as consistently hawkish as Mr Tillerson. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told CNN.

Earlier, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, refrained from saying Moscow was responsible.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday has chosen CIA veteran Gina Haspel to be the spy agency's next director, tapping a woman who spent multiple tours overseas and is respected by the workforce but is deeply tied to the agency's use of brutal interrogation measures on terrorism suspects. The two men had been fighting during this time, and Tillerson "often seemed out of the loop or in disagreement with the president on major foreign policy decisions". On Monday, Tillerson told reporters traveling with him that he was "very, very concerned" with Russia's growing aggression.

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".

Evans Revere, a former senior USA diplomat who dealt with North Korea under President George W. Bush, said Trump's move sends "a bad signal about the role of diplomacy". The proposed summit between Kim and Trump could go ahead with or without Pompeo in office, but his appointment is a surprising move ahead of what would be a delicate, high-stakes meeting.

Several key Republican senators say Gina Haspel will have to answer for her role in the CIA's interrogation and detention program before she can be confirmed as the next Central Intelligence Agency director, a signal that she faces a bruising and potentially hard confirmation battle ahead. Where Trump proclaimed on August 21 that "our troops will fight to win", Tillerson laid out a much more modest agenda.

Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European powers on January 12, saying they must agree to "fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" or he would refuse to extend USA sanctions relief on Iran. "We may not win one, but neither will you".

"I've talked to the president many, many times and I know Secretary Tillerson".

The comedian's comment was a reference to an interview DeVos did with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday night, in which the education secretary struggled to answer basic questions regarding schools in her home state of MI.

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"Each of these individuals had the confidence of the president", Cyr said. One official said chief of staff John Kelly had called Tillerson on Friday and again on Saturday to warn him that Trump was about to take imminent action if he did not resign and that a replacement had already been identified.

It's no secret that Tillerson and Trump had a combative relationship.

Rex Tillerson, who was sacked Tuesday as secretary of state, has been deeply involved in all of those issues, while operating with a skeleton staff that is expected to dwindle even more with his departure.

Tillerson, in turn, was annoyed at the layers of bureaucracy and what he saw as continued chaos and ineptitude months into the new administration, people familiar with his thinking said. He failed to fill key vacancies in his department despite being on the job for more than a year, and at key moments seemed to be in his home state of Texas rather than in D.C.

Turnbull and Bishop had been working hard to keep the United States alliance on an even keel under an unpredictable Trump. Dozens of senior officials have retired or been edged out since Tillerson took over. "Congratulations to all!" Trump stated.

He was scheduled to appear Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he was expected to be grilled about the State Department's retrenchment in staffing and mission.

"This is very different and it will be a different committee", Feinstein said.

But Wilson said Tillerson was right to consider Russian Federation "an imminent national security threat". Trump has also publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"I believe that this information about her involvement (in the interrogation program) should be declassified, and in effect it's been a cover-up that it hasn't been", Wyden said.


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