Trump, Tillerson Had Record of Public Disagreements

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

Regarding Pompeo, who served in the House from 2011-2017, Graham said he's a flawless pick to lead the State Department. Trump cited the Iran nuclear deal in particular: "I think it's bad, he thinks it's okay". According to The New York Times, White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, called Tillerson and asked him to return early to Washington, advising, "You may get a tweet".

One person who was likely not surprised by Tillerson's sudden ouster is Pompeo, the man who is replacing him. Later Tuesday, it was announced he would be replaced by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

One of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's top aides has been fired mere hours after Tillerson himself was dismissed by President Trump. "He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world". White House officials disputed that notion, and promptly fired Goldstein.

Tillerson's final departure date has yet to be determined, the officials said.

"I can not think of a better choice for our new Secretary of State than Mike Pompeo", he said.

As for a replacement, he expressed confidence in Pompeo and an expectation that he'll soon hear more from Haspel during confirmation proceedings.

"Our relationship with the United States, as you know, is outstanding at so many levels from the president and myself, right through the military, intelligence, diplomacy, business", the prime minister said.

Trump has named Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, as his next pick to lead the State Department, with Deputy Director Gina Haspel slated to lead the agency.

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On Tuesday morning, the top question wasn't why President Trump chose to fire his secretary of state, but why he made a decision to do it when he did.

Haspel's history of involvement with the program as well as the cable she authored could jeopardize her chances of receiving Senate confirmation. "The instability of this administration in just about every area weakens America", said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. So he ordered Mr. Tillerson to start.

The decision ends a tumultuous tenure for Tillerson, who often seemed at odds with Trump or out of the loop altogether. For all of Tillerson's flaws, he served as a check on Trump's more hawkish positions.

"He found out that he was terminated today", Goldstein said.

When Trump first tapped the Exxon Mobil CEO for secretary in December 2016, Pelosi issued a press release attacking the choice, slamming him as "an oil executive friendly with Vladimir Putin". He has also criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and potential ties to his campaign.

A White House official said Trump wanted to have a new team in place ahead of upcoming talks with North Korea and various trade talks.

Just 42% of Americans approve of Trump's approach on the North Korea issue, with 50% disapproving, in a CBS News poll published Tuesday. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

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