Trump Says He Made the Decision to Oust Tillerson by Himself

Trump Says He Made the Decision to Oust Tillerson by Himself

That's according to current and former USA intelligence officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the issue. Last fall, NBC reported that Tillerson had referred to the president as a "moron".

The departing secretary did not take issue with the decision, but suggested it was made possible by the hard work of his State Department and allies in building sanctions and diplomatic pressure. "Really, it was a different mind-set, a different thinking".

The official said Kelly and Tillerson agreed that no announcement would be made until Tillerson returned from his trip to Africa; the agreement was made at Tillerson's request. "I mean, c'mon. We ought to have a better process than that".

Thomas Countryman, who learned he was sacked by the president in the first week of his administration while en route to Rome for a meeting on nuclear weapons, told a CNN panel led by host Brooke Baldwin that he could understand what the secretary of state might be going through.

Regarding Pompeo, who served in the House from 2011-2017, Graham said he's a flawless pick to lead the State Department.

Tillerson's imminent departure had been rumoured for several months following reports of friction with US President Donald Trump. "When you look at the Iran deal: I think it's bad, I guess he thinks it was OK".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert is expected to replace Goldstein on an interim basis.

Trump and his now-outgoing secretary of state Rex Tillerson haven't agreed on much since he was confirmed. "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world".

"It was clear on Friday", one of the two officials said.

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Heitkamp voted to confirm the now ex-secretary a year ago, and said she hopes Pompeo "will seriously address" the lack of top State Department officials assigned to the Korean peninsula.

President Trump says they didn't agree on matters. "Fawning over Putin is poor preparation for being the top diplomat of the United States of America".

The president said he was nominating the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to take over for Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

But when Trump fired Tillerson Tuesday, that was also evidence the president was too weak on Russian Federation.

Haspel will likely face questioning in her Senate confirmation for her involvement in the Thailand incident. Ron Wyden (D-OR) quipped: "At the rate this administration is hemorrhaging staff, pretty soon the President's barber is going to play a big role in American foreign policy". So he ordered Mr. Tillerson to start. Trump has also publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

It was initially believed that Tillerson first learned that he was being canned from Trump's tweet and that's essentially true.

Taking Trump's line that Pakistan is safe terror haven, as exemplified in in his New Year Day tweet that "the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given them nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of the U.S. leaders as fools", Pompeo has said in interviews*. Trump said he will speak today with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Tillerson, former chief executive of the Exxon Mobil oil giant, had been at odds with Trump almost from the beginning of his nearly 14-month tenure. "And I suspect if this talks between the U.S. and North Korea take place in May - we'll see a much harder American line preceding the talks".

Trump must have understood the optics of the timeline of when he decided to make the firing public. Just hours after that, Goldstein - the fourth-highest-ranking official at State and one of the only Trump appointees - was sacked as well, after three months on the job.

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