Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Five Reasons Why Trump Fired Rex Tillerson

Five Reasons Why Trump Fired Rex Tillerson

Trump announced that CIA director Mike Pompeo will be the new secretary of state, and Pompeo's deputy, Gina Haspel, will succeed him as the CIA chief, becoming the first woman to head the spy agency.

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump said on the White House lawn on Tuesday. In October, NBC reported that Tillerson called the president a "moron" following a meeting in July. It spiked again in November when White House officials told multiple news outlets of a plan to replace him with Pompeo. If Tillerson was against the potential summit, and President Trump felt that he and Tillerson did not have the needed working relationship to make sure the president was ready for what could be the ultimate of meetings, then this paring had to be terminated - ASAP. Tillerson has urged Trump to stay in the landmark nuclear disarmament deal, but the president has vowed to withdraw by mid-May if it is not renegotiated.

Trump specifically cited differences over the Iran deal Tuesday. "So we were not thinking the same".

A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was sacked. How long do you think it'll be before the next dismissal comes from the White House? Scaramucci resigned after just 10 days, amid a spate of departures that included White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and, less than a month later, chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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For Trump, the shift comes at a critical time for several key foreign policy priorities, including a decision on whether to withdraw the us from the 2015 Iran deal that Pompeo has called "disastrous".

Much like his quick choice to take the meeting with Kim Jong-Un, Trump chose to remove Tillerson from his Cabinet post by himself, according to the AP. Pressuring North Korea with sanctions and other isolation measures had been a top Tillerson priority, and he had been one of the administration's more vocal advocates for holding talks in some form with the North.

Mr Trump's Twitter announcement came only a few hours after Mr Tillerson landed in Washington after the trip, which had been cut short.

Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has already been confirmed by the Senate for his current role at the Central Intelligence Agency, making it extremely likely that he will be confirmed for the State Department role. "He will do a fantastic job!" the president tweeted.

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The circumstances behind the firing were unclear.

"The secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues". Tillerson exits shy of 14 months on the job, making his one of the shortest tenures for a secretary of state in USA history.

CBS News reports that Tillerson was leaving his Africa trip early to return back to Washington to talk with Mr. Trump and connect on developments in North Korea, which he was largely left out of as the White House announced it would be taking up talks with the regime sometime in May.

There was frequent friction between the president and Mr. Tillerson.

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While some intelligence officers have said that Pompeo tends to tell Trump what he wants to hear rather than giving him their assessments, others say they have been impressed by his intellect, willingness to listen and advocacy of more robust covert operations.

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