Rex Tillerson's Firing As Secretary Of State Continues To Reverberate

President Trump accepted an invitation delivered by South Korea to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un

Tillerson's awkward public contradiction of Trump's decision to agree to talks with North Korea, just hours earlier, was not the only public disharmony between Trump and his secretary of state in the days before his firing. He will likely push for the US to exit the nuclear deal with the Persian Gulf nation in May, and could advocate for tougher sanctions on Venezuela, which might boost oil prices, she said.

Tillerson was seen as a moderating influence in the Oval Office, and was reportedly concerned over tariffs that have angered China. If she is confirmed to lead the CIA, she would be the first woman to do so. He's a proven global leader who was hugely successful in a long career at Exxon, and was being rightly lauded by people like former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Late-night hosts had a blast Tuesday with the news that President Trump had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stacking their monologues with jokes aimed at the two men.

But pressed about the shortened trip as he flew westward toward the US, Tillerson didn't cite the need for urgent meetings. "Trump is not as hawkish on China as many assume". It's one thing to have a Cabinet that reflects a diversity of opinion, such as Lincoln's famous team of rivals.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ability to create the conditions for successful negotiations between two very disparate parties", Tillerson said. In his January 2018 State of the Union address, he was more direct, calling on lawmakers to "address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal". Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 0.5 percent to 31,435.01, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.6 percent to 3,291.38. Both were eventually sent to the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they still await trial.

However, with the Trump administration's high turnover, China may not expect Pompeo to last the rest of Trump's term.

An intelligence officer who worked with Haspel denied she was anything like a "gleeful participant", saying, "That makes it sound like she was holding the bucket and laughing, when all she was was a bureaucrat following orders". His departure is about President Donald Trump, and how he looks at foreign policy.

Tillerson frequently complained to colleagues that Trump was too mercurial and impulsive, and voiced frustration that the president struggled to focus during meandering conversation. Pompeo recently warned that North Korea was "a handful of months" away from being able to carry out an attack on the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile. He traveled to San Diego to examine prototypes for a new border wall that have been constructed there.

"The chaotic revolving door in the Trump Administration continues to undermine our national security abroad and here at home".

Alaskans are concerned that an accident could release acidic mine drainage into those Alaska-flowing rivers, affecting fisheries, drinking water and the environment in general.

"Tillerson's ouster is a sign of continued turbulence in U.S. foreign policy", said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor.

That objective is denuclearization.

May's rapid response stands in stark contrast to Trump's handling of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, which is now a centerpiece of special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling investigation.

Mr Tillerson represented the globalist wing in the Trump administration, taming the president's protectionist and isolationist instincts, but he appeared unable to maintain a bond with his boss.

One source of weakness, the president felt, was Tillerson's media profile. Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator, told reporters that, to her knowledge, Haspel was "a good deputy director of the CIA". "Others are working on this as well".

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