Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

It also remains to be seen how Pompeo's presence at the helm will affect Trump's posture toward North Korea and Russia, which Tillerson - once seen as too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin - blasted in a press conference on his way out the door.

In remarks to reporters Tuesday, Trump highlighted his differences with Tillerson on Iran and North Korea.

Mr Pompeo is to be replaced at the Central Intelligence Agency by his deputy Gina Haspel, Mr Trump tweeted.

On Tuesday, some USA intelligence officials said reports of her alleged involvement in interrogations involving torture were false. NBC reported last July that Tillerson used the term "moron" preceded by an obscenity after a meeting at the Pentagon with Cabinet officials.

Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process".

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

President Donald Trump is telling reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "by myself".

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"I didn't discuss it very much with him", Trump said.

"We were not really thinking the same", Trump said. Though he assured Fox News viewers the same day as Mr Tillerson's comments that "we have a very good understanding of the Russian program and how to make sure that Americans continue to be kept safe from threats" he also said the U.S. intelligence community had ruled that Russia had no impact on the 2016 USA election when a January 2017 joint assessment said there was no conclusion on that as yet.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a "great decision" for next secretary of state.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

Mr Tillerson had returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement, which offered no explanation for the change.

The White House disputed Goldstein's account, saying that Trump asked Tillerson to step aside Friday without mentioning the exact timing of the removal.

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". "He will do a fantastic job!"

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Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not be remembered as a towering figure of American diplomacy. Even with Nauert in her new role - the fourth-most senior in the department - seven of the nine top posts remain unfilled. "Congratulations to all!" Trump declared on Twitter.

Goldstein publicly contradicted the White House account of how Tillerson was sacked on Tuesday morning.

Tillerson, who was formerly the head of ExxonMobile, was appointed to the position of Secretary of State a year ago, and he and the president have had numerous public disagreements.

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Goldstein says Tillerson will miss his colleagues at the State Department and the foreign ministers he worked with. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

If Pompeo is approved for the top spot at the State Department, experts expect the USA could formally withdraw from the Iran deal, which provided billions of dollars' worth of sanction relief to the country in exchange for its promise to scale back its nuclear program.

Pompeo will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which now has an extremely narrow Republican majority.

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It's unclear what Tillerson will do after leaving the administration, but don't expect him to head back to his old industry: A clause in his Exxon exit agreement stipulates that Tillerson would forfeit up to $180 million if he takes a job in the oil business again within 10 years.

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