USA diplomats confused, told not to tweet or post on Tillerson's firing

USA diplomats confused, told not to tweet or post on Tillerson's firing

While Tillerson has often been an advocate for diplomacy, Pompeo has taken a harder line on the Iran nuclear deal and on the leadership in North Korea. Chief among them seemed to be that Ol' Oilhound Rex wasn't sufficiently "America First. With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process".

The lawmaker behind a landmark congressional torture report on Thursday demanded the release of classified documents on past CIA interrogations before the U.S. Senate considers President Donald Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency. "We are equally, at the same time, ensuring that. if we conclude that it is not possible, that we present the president with a range of options that can achieve what is his stated intention". Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to stop by and see me on my Patreon page!

"I was advised by the professional people in the department and I felt like I had to recuse myself", said Sessions.

Shortly after announcing via Twitter that he had fired Tillerson, Trump told reporters Tuesday that the top diplomat's support for the Iran deal-officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and also signed by China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom -was a reason for letting him go.

Trump on Tuesday nominated Haspel to succeed Pompeo, his choice to be the next secretary of state.

Mr Trump publicly undercut Mr Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday (local time) when his comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.

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"I'm really at a point where we are getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want", the president said. The president regularly undercut Tillerson, once tweeting that he was "wasting his time" in pursuing a diplomatic approach to North Korea.

And yet, US foreign-policy types were almost unanimously relieved to see someone with the President's ear finally replace Mr. Tillerson, so painful it had become to watch the latter suffer.

If McMaster is among the next to go, president Trump is reportedly eyeing former U.S. Ambassador to the U-N John Bolton to replace him.

Paul was referring to an account of a waterboarding session with suspected al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques now widely considered to be torture.

"He retains the title of secretary of State", she told reporters at a press briefing. Known for his blunt-talking style, Pompeo has already been confirmed by the Senate for his current role at the Central Intelligence Agency, making it likely that he will be confirmed for the State Department role. "On the other hand, Secretary Tillerson was a counterweight to some of the instantaneous, spontaneous, instinctive decisions that the president was prone to make". He said he believes that is one likely reason Trump made the change in State Department leadership now.

Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, opposed the nomination of Haspel and called for total transparency about her background.

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