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Trump's State, CIA picks face confirmation fights in Senate

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Trump's CIA pick is career spymaster who oversaw secret prison
Ellis Copeland | 14 March, 2018, 19:53

Rex Tillerson, who was sacked by President Donald Trump as the USA secretary of state, said he would ensure an orderly and smooth transition by delegating his responsibilities to his deputy before stepping down by the end of this month.

President Donald Trump made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. As CIA director, Pompeo has enjoyed since previous year direct access to the president by briefing him every morning on global intelligence, giving him a decisive advantage over others in the cabinet.

The truth is that Tillerson never should have been put in that position in the first place. The US intelligence assessment is that the 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons programme is on balance a good one, and that Trump's criticism of it threatens efforts to constrain Iran's nuclear ambitions and ties with the other nations that negotiated the pact, China, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation.

Trump told reporters he had worked closely with Haspel and considered her "an outstanding person".

"This is insane. I might actually get my dream job", Pompeo quipped, according to two sources familiar with his comments. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it was awful".

"I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently", he said.

Senators yesterday fretted and poked fun at the public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but some anxious the arduous process of confirming his replacement could bring the Senate to a halt.

Tillerson also spoke with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. For technical purposes, Tillerson said he would remain the secretary of state till March 31 and till then he would delegate his responsibilities to the Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. Does this mean we will see more of the Trump line in the US Africa policy?

The report also states that the intelligence community believes Vladimir Putin has developed a "clear preference for President-elect Donald Trump".

Given the fast-paced developments in Washington DC and Trump's focus on preparing his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before May, it is very well possible that the two-plus-two dialogue could be postponed for later this year, even if Pompeo is confirmed in the next few weeks, according to sources.

Mr Tillerson, however, had argued for Mr Trump to stand by allies who retained support for the accord.

As for Gina Haspel, the only term she should be serving is a prison term, not a cabinet appointment.

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo.

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Meanwhile, Professor Jia Qingguo, an expert on Chinese diplomacy at Peking University in Beijing, said coming from the CIA, Mr Pompeo is more likely to see China as a threat but that his views could soften over time. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump".

He also said he is excited to see the first female nominee to be the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. Trump said "What?" Again, the question was asked: "Did you fire him because he called you a moron?" "But there is a level of despair at the State Department which was hard to deal with", the official said. The upheaval adds to concerns over tensions between the USA and North Korea.

Pompeo, like the president, has been a fierce critic of the Iran deal, saying it doesn't go far enough in dismantling Tehran's nuclear program and that it's not permanent.

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired. Tillerson, the White House said, asked that Trump wait until he returned to the US, and he shortened his trip to Africa.

Either way, Trump's freewheeling style is set to sidetrack the Senate.

Trump also lauded Tillerson, with whom he has long clashed with, and wished him and his family well.

Hours after his boss, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of public affairs at the State Department has been fired by the White House.

"I've become extremely concerned about Russia", Tillerson told reporters while flying from Nigeria to Cape Verde, before returning to the United States.

Rex Tillerson's tenure as Secretary of State is over and it nearly feels like an act of mercy to put an old, sick pet down. Like so many other Trump appointees, he had zero experience or understanding of the job he was placed in.

Next to the president and Environmental Protection Agency administrator, the Secretary of State is the U.S.'s most prominent official on climate change. Referencing the departure of many senior diplomats, Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said Pompeo will "need to recruit and fill the many offices that have been left vacant".

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticized those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there. Secretary Tillerson is the 36th significant departure from this administration. "He could've been like, 'I'm here to tell you what America requires, ' and they could've been like, 'I'm here to tell you to suck my d--'".

"Look, I think the science needs to continue to develop".

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