Trump's choice of Pompeo could boost negotiations with NK

Trump's choice of Pompeo could boost negotiations with NK

She has gained respect from the foreign policy community which was initially skeptical of her qualifications as USA ambassador to the United Nations.

Just-fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson never mentioned President Donald Trump by name in farewell remarks Tuesday, confirming that he learned he was out of a job from a Trump Tweet handed him by an aide. "I want to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same".

In contrast, Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process". Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation.

Tillerson has pushed Trump to remain and had been pursuing a delicate strategy with European allies and others to try to improve or augment the Obama-era deal to Trump's liking.

Tillerson said on Tuesday that he would turn over duties to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan by the end of the day.

Hours later, Mr Goldstein was himself fired.

Tillerson's departure comes just as the Trump administration embarks on its most hard and ambitious foreign policy goal to date - engaging the nuclear armed North Korean regime. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad".

"The torture of detainees in United States custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", said Republican Senator John McCain, who himself was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. And Tillerson's exit follows Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' disastrous interview this week on "60 Minutes" in which she struggled to answer basic education questions, and continuing controversies swirling around the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Interior, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development. "Between now and then I will address a few administrative matters related to my departure and work towards a smooth and orderly transition for Secretary of State designate Mike Pompeo".

The US President has publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives many times, including this week when the former Secretary of State's comments about Russian Federation appeared at odds with those of the White House. Just ask Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein who was sacked today as well for making statements that the White House found unflattering.

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Trump in recent days has told confidants that he feels emboldened, confident in his decisions to order new global trade on tariffs and to meet with Kim Jong Un and far less willing to put up with disloyalty around him, according to a person who has spoken to the president in recent days but was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

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

Tillerson thanked colleagues for "the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months" and thanked the American people for their "devotion to a free and open society" during a speech at the State Department headquarters, noting that "much remains to be done".

But the State Department plays a direct and key role in climate change - not just in worldwide climate negotiations, but also in global aid and development, including choices about which energy sources developing countries should choose - so, such non-answers given as by Pompeo previously should not fly this time around. The abrupt announcement ended the turbulent tenure of the man who reportedly called the president a "moron" but wanted to stay, and deepened the disarray in the Trump administration.

Tillerson is only the latest of many high-profile officials to leave the White House.

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, today, to travel to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

The impact of this shift on the US-Russia relations and the US foreign policy in general is probably limited. But so far he has failed - abjectly - to forge any new Trump doctrine centered around his vision.

"I think Rex will be much happier now", Trump said before flying to California.

The crux of the July 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - was that Iran would restrict its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy.

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