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    Trump fires Tillerson, taps Pompeo as next secretary of state

    Trump fires Tillerson, taps Pompeo as next secretary of state

    By Dan Merica and Kaitlan Collins, CNN
    Updated 9:18 AM ET, Tue March 13, 2018

    (CNN)President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

    "Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen.

    Congratulations to all!" Trump tweeted.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside.

    Trump "thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks and various trade negotiations," a senior administration official said. "POTUS asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday."

    Trump has wanted Pompeo as his secretary of state for months now, and the White House began planning for him to take the job last fall, sources told CNN.

    Trump's anger at Tillerson after it leaked that his secretary of state called him "a moron" never subsided, and many in the White House saw their differences as irreconcilable.

    Tillerson had few, if any, allies in the West Wing. Though chief of staff John Kelly was initially on his side when he took over, he eventually grew weary of defending him -- especially after the "moron" remark, which Kelly saw as insubordination on Tillerson's part.

    Sources close to the President say it was clear Tillerson didn't support Trump. They say Tillerson wanted to handle foreign policy his own way, without the President. Trump didn't feel that Tillerson backed him, a source told CNN.

    This story is breaking and will be updated.

    CNN's Boris Sanchez contributed to this report.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/13/polit...ate/index.html
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    BREAKING White House fires top Tillerson aide
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    Updated 1:30 PM ET, Tue March 13, 2018


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    It's being reported that Tillerson first learned of his official firing through a Trump public tweet. IMO, that was extremely inconsiderate and unprofessional.

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    That's a false report. He was contacted and notified by Kelly on Friday that this was happening which is why Tillerson was asked to cancel the rest of his trip and come home. It's an unfortunate situation but there were clearly many deep differences between them on how to handle things and Tillerson kept announcing his opinions instead of the Presidents. It's a shame, really, I supported this nomination primarily for the building of a better relationship with Russia, that's where I thought Tillerson would be unique with his experience and knowledge of Russia and make his largest historical contribution. Unfortunately he didn't even get the chance because of the phony Russia Hoax.

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    Top Tillerson aide axed after breaking with White House's version of his boss' firing

    BY DENIS SLATTERY
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:29 PM

    A top aide to outgoing Secretary of State Tillerson was fired Tuesday after contradicting the White House account of his boss’ dismissal.

    Steve Goldstein, the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, was let go hours after Tillerson was unceremoniously told his tenure was over via a tweet from President Trump, sources told the Daily News.

    Goldstein had released a statement in his name saying that Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his termination.

    The statement also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump’s tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department.

    Rex Tillerson out as Secretary of State

    A top aide to Rex Tillerson was fired hours after his boss' dismissal.
    (JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

    Goldstein joined the struggling State Department late last year and was seen as loyal to Tillerson.

    He was not well liked by those in the White House, according to several reports.

    The Nashville, Tenn., native worked as a press secretary and chief of staff to several members of Congress and worked within the communications department at the Interior Department during the George H.W. Bush administration.

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    “Serving as the Under Secretary of State has been the honor of a lifetime,” Goldstein said in a statement. “I am grateful to the President and to Secretary Tillerson for having had this opportunity.

    The tense days leading up to Rex Tillerson’s firing


    “Being able to serve the American people is an undertaking I have greatly enjoyed. I look forward to catching up on my rest, to winning an indoor rowing championship, and the next challenge that life brings,” he added.

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    Their Final Disagreement: How Trump Fired Tillerson

    The White House’s timeline of when the secretary of state was told differs from the State Department’s.




    Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, on March 12, 2018.Jonathan Ernst / Reuters





    Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson disagreed on global trade, climate change, nato, the nuclear deal with Iran, talks with North Korea, Qatar’s impasse with its neighbors, and, ultimately, even how the president fired his secretary of state.

    The White House said Tuesday that Tillerson was informed last Friday that he would be replaced as secretary of state. But the statement released Tuesday by Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, suggested Tillerson did not see it coming until he saw the president’s tweet Tuesday morning that he would be replaced by Mike Pompeo, the CIA director. After Goldstein himself has been fired since making the statement.

    The AP quoted two unnamed senior department officials as saying Tillerson “received a call from John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, on Friday, but was only told that there might be a presidential tweet that would concern him. Kelly didn’t tell Tillerson what the tweet might say or when it might actually publish.” In public remarks Tuesday, Trump said he’d been considering replacing Tillerson for some time, but made the final decision recently, and “by myself.” A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was little clarity at the department over what was happening or who was in charge. “We are all waiting for something official,” the official said.


    Tillerson’s ouster comes as the Trump administration shifts gears on its major foreign-policy challenge. Last Thursday, Trump announced he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Just hours earlier Tillerson had said in Ethiopia: “We are a long ways from negotiations” with North Korea. That was only the most recent occasion in which the president and the secretary of state appeared to be at odds over the issue. Until Thursday, it was Tillerson who had advocated dialogue with the North Koreans while Trump and his aides had publicly favored a tougher approach, and cast doubt on the use of talking.





    Trump and Tillerson also disagreed publicly on the future of the nuclear deal with Iran. “We were not really thinking the same,” Trump said Tuesday about his differences with Tillerson over the agreement. “With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process.” Trump had called the agreement “the worst deal in history” and wanted the U.S. to withdraw from it. Tillerson said the deal was flawed, but that it did what it was supposed to: freeze Iran’s nuclear program. He had been working with U.S. allies who are part of the agreement to find a solution to the impasse caused by Trump’s position.

    They were also divided on nato: Trump dismissed it as irrelevant while, early in his presidency, appearing to condition U.S. support for its nato allies on their defense expenditures. Tillerson tried to soothe the fears this caused within the alliance, which were being exacerbated by Russia’s increasingly muscular foreign policy.

    On Qatar, Trump appeared to blame Doha for the impasse with its Gulf neighbors (and for funding terrorism), while Tillerson supported a negotiated settlement among America’s Arab allies—who include Qatar as well as the Saudi and UAE-led coalition pushing to isolate the country.

    Tillerson cautioned the president against moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, which Trump did anyway; and he wanted the U.S. to stay in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and the Paris climate accord, both of which Trump withdrew the U.S. from. Most recently, Trump and Tillerson differed on Russia’s role in the attempted assassination in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter. Tillerson supported the U.K. government’s assessment that Russia was behind the attack. Trump, who has been reluctant to criticize Russia publicly, has hedged instead of echoing that line.

    The manner in which Tillerson was ousted—via Twitter—once again shows Trump’s reluctance to directly tell people to go. He didn’t fire Tom Price, the secretary for Health and Human Services, who resigned last fall. He has railed against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but stopped short of pushing him out.

    Tillerson cut short by a day a trip he was on to Africa and returned to Washington. He told reporters en route to Washington that he was tired after becoming ill in Ethiopia and after working across multiple time zones on North Korea. The AP pointed out: “There were no obvious signs from his behavior or his aides on the plane that his departure was imminent.” Hours later, he was gone.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/internat...meline/555464/



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    Sounds like we have some problems in the state department.

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