President Donald Trump did not hide his frustrations with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in public, evidenced by his tweets in recent months chastising Tillerson for attempting to reach a diplomatic solution with "Rocket Man" in North Korea.
Assuming the Senate goes along, CIA director Mike Pompeo will move to State and CIA deputy director Gina Haspel will become the first woman to head the clandestine agency. Goldstein said Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" he was sacked and "had had every intention of staying", feeling he was making progress on national security.
"The worry about it is first, just more chaos from an administration that wants to cut diplomacy funding, that won't send us ambassadorial nominees, that sends out insane tweets, even about the leaders of our friendly nations, much less our adversaries", said Kaine.
In filling out the ranks of senior staff at Foggy Bottom, Pompeo has one big advantage over Tillerson: a congenial relationship with the president. "I thought that was very deplorable - unfortunate, the way it happened".
The top government spokesman made the remarks during a news conference after Trump dismissed Tillerson on Tuesday due to divisions over policy, including on Iran and North Korea. But Trump always saw Tillerson as pushing back against his instincts and trying to constrain his more controversial initiatives.
IT WAS announced, like so numerous president's big decisions, in a tweet.
More consequentially for Canada, it's hard to imagine him as a counterweight to the protectionists dominating Mr. Trump's cabinet table. His firing-coincidentally, perhaps-came a day after Tillerson criticized Vladimir Putin and promised repercussions for the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the United Kingdom, though the White House says Trump made the decision on Friday: "The White House is insisting the decision to fire Tillerson had been made before his comments Monday evening-that he was informed of the decision in the early-morning hours Saturday, before returning from a trip to Africa". But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on numerous nation's most pressing national security matters.
Separately, Trump is also looking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, targeted at information technology, consumer electronics and telecoms, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said.
Oil rose sparking a dollar fall and concern that a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could collapse from the latest development. Additional details regarding confirmation hearings will be forthcoming from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"I don't think we need more fire and fury in the secretary of state's office", Kaine said.
As Trump prepared to depart for California yesterday he responded, "We got along, actually, quite well but we disagreed on things". "I didn't like the way Rex Tillerson was sacked".
Trump's impulsive decision to accept an invitation to meet Kim Jong Un by May raises the stakes there dramatically.
So there it is: at the very moment that Trump prepares to tackle the most delicate security issue facing the world, he has chosen to empower his most aggressive advisers and silence the voices of caution.