Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

Trump fires Tillerson, a moderate; replaces him with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

And Pompeo has also always been known for his hawkish position on Iran, which will be critical as the May deadline nears, by which Trump has threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal unless changes are made. He declared Tuesday, "I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want". He was in favor of easing the blockade which was against Trump's initial support for the move. He never mentioned Trump once, and his speech included two coded messages: "I tried to the best of my ability to stop the president's troubling foreign policy, now it is for the generals to continue the battle".

Murkowski ticked off a list of agenda items that were already in line ahead of her priorities on energy before Trump threw a wrench in the Senate's plans by firing Tillerson. He had reportedly said in October that Iran was "mounting a ruthless drive to be the hegemonic power in the region".

"President Trump is determined to prevent that from happening in North Korea", Pompeo told CBS. He was criticised by the Muslim community and others in 2013, for saying that their silence on violence committed by "extremists" was "deafening". A White House official said Trump's replacement of Tillerson was part of an effort to have a new team in place before the North Korea talks and trade negotiations.

Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

He added: "And this is very, very concerning to me and others, that there seems to be a certain unleashing of activity that we don't fully understand what the objective behind that is".

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler said the Senate owes it to the American people to take a hard look at Deputy Director Haspel, "whose career at the Central Intelligence Agency coincides with some of the darkest moments in recent American history".

"Current U.S. law is clear in banning enhanced interrogation techniques", said McCain, who was beaten as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

"We could see her nomination fail", Sifton says. "Right from the beginning, from day one, I've gotten along well with Mike Pompeo".

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"Everybody consumes information in different ways, and the way Donald Trump likes to consume information - Mike Pompeo knows how to deliver it that way", a senior White House official explained.

However, Both Pompeo and Haspel will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Menendez told reporters Tuesday that the State Department has lacked stability at a time when Trump's "bombast against diplomacy undermines the very essence of what our people can do overseas". Goldstein was immediately fired for contradicting the White House.

Aubrey Hruby: First of all, this administration has been plagued by departures.

Last May, then-FBI Director James Comey found out he had been dismissed from news reports while on a visit to a California field office. Sally Yates, US Attorney General was sacked in January after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to enforce Trump's controversial immigration ban.

On Tuesday morning, Tillerson became the latest senior member of the Trump administration to make his exit. Preeet Bharara, former leading prosecutor was sacked after he refused an order from Attorney General to resign.

Beijing is believed to have a positive assessment of Tillerson, who was seen as a light touch in contrast to Trump's "good cop, bad cop" routine of slamming Beijing on Twitter while simultaneously flattering its leadership in person.

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