Trump axes Tillerson, names CIA's Pompeo chief US Diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma at a hotel in Nairobi Kenya Friday March

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Did Not Thank Donald Trump in Farewell Speech

Pompeo would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top U.S. diplomat - Trump's confidence, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy - if confirmed by the U.S. Senate to replace Rex Tillerson, supporters say.

Nearly from the get-go, Tillerson, the former CEO of Irving-based Exxon Mobil, seemed out of sorts and out of step with his mercurial boss.

The firing comes amid ongoing concerns related to Russian Federation and North Korea, two countries Tillerson cited when he addressed his firing in a statement streamed live on WFMZ.com Tuesday afternoon. "It was a different mind-set, a different thinking", Trump told reporters at the White House. Within hours of linking Russian Federation to the attack, Tillerson was ousted by President Trump. He lives in a fantasy world of his own making, a nonstop television show in which he is the only star; he doesn't want people who keep telling him that the real world looks somewhat different or that extravagant gestures might have severe consequences.

The Texan's last day as secretary will be March 31, when he just might breathe a big sigh of relief. "We're going to work with our European partners and allies to see if we can't address these concerns", Tillerson said at the time. Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday. Between 2003 and 2005, she oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded, current and former US intelligence officials told the Associated Press. However, Goldstein's statement refuted that claim, stating that "the Secretary had every intention of staying, because of critical progress made in national security".

"The incoming foreign secretary is well known to Australia". Hours later, he was sacked, too.

Tillerson had visited Nigeria on the last leg of his official visits to Africa, and met President Muhammadu Buhari, during which they discussed issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Pompeo "holds a stance of pushing ahead with the U.S".

A respected figure in the oil business, the 65-year-old Texan's tenure at the State Department drew scorn from Trump's opponents, from former diplomats and from the Washington policy elite. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month.

Blessing said he believes the move also adds ammunition for the president's critics.

While some intelligence officers have been impressed by Pompeo's intellect and his advocacy of more robust covert operations, others have said privately that he has used his face-to-face briefings with Trump to selectively feed him intelligence rather than providing unvarnished assessments. Current and former White House officials said Pompeo has proven more adept at negotiating the shifting power structures inside the administration and in reading and responding to the wishes of the president. US sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh "waivers" to suspend them on May 12.

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