Finnish FM praises role of Rex Tillerson

Finnish FM praises role of Rex Tillerson

In October, NBC news reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron", something Tillerson never actually denied. Tillerson also spoke with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

However, Trump emphatically rejected talk of chaos in his year-old administration as he nears a pivotal moment on the global stage with his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently.

Trump chose the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad".

"Obviously the administration had a position on that driven by the president, and Director Pompeo contributed to that from an intelligence standpoint", Cotton told Al-Monitor.

Senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are split on the road ahead after President Donald Trump's Monday announcement that he is firing Rex Tillerson, his administration's secretary of state.

Politico reported in February that a fuming Tillerson said there can not be "four secretaries of state", referencing what he saw as intrusion by Kushner, UN ambassador Nikki Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

The gulf that separated the two men was illustrated one last time by conflicting stories on the circumstances of the firing.

As for his relationship with Tillerson, Trump said, "Really, it was a different mindset".

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is consulting with the White House and Sen.

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Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it is too early to tell whether Russian Federation is involved but Tillerson said: "We have full confidence in the U.K.'s [United Kingdom's] investigation and its assessment that Russian Federation was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week".

"I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me", Haspel said in a statement released Tuesday by the White House.

Immediately, President Trump replaced Tillerson with loyalist CIA Director, Mike Pompeo. He deserved better than the ignominious way in which he was sacked too.

He stood by as his department was eviscerated as the White House chopped its budget by a third.

In a statement he said: "Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology". He rarely sat for comprehensive briefings with many of his top diplomats and often failed to consult the State Department's experts on countries before visiting. Trump had boasted to allies that he "looked the part" of the nation's chief diplomat, but differences in style and ideology quickly came to a head. But Tillerson's oversight of the State Department was bad. He had been recommended for the post by Condoleezza Rice and James Baker. After a U.S. Navy sailor pleaded for an appeal of his national security felony conviction on Fox and Friends, Trump pardoned him days later. Trump is set to meet Kim by the end of May.

Since Donald Trump's presidency began, there has been an nearly constant upheaval and change in personnel - it took just 11 days for the first change in his administration. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn announced his resignation last week, not long after communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter both departed near the start of Trump's second year in office.

It would be the first summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, following a year of heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

His influence within the Administration waned over time. And as we said before, the person that will fit in the role of assistant secretary of state has not yet been chosen.

Mr Pompeo, a former Congressman from Kansas, received broad support from Republicans on Tuesday and is likely to pass the hearing.

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