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

14 March, 2018, 05:59 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning said he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with former CIA director Mike Pompeo

Goldstein's statement said that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his firing and that he learned of his dismissal on Tuesday morning through Trump's tweet announcing the decision and naming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee to replace Tillerson at the State Department. The foreign minister only met with him in September of previous year. Within hours of linking Russian Federation to the attack, Tillerson was ousted by President Trump.

Then, last October, Trump announced that he would pull out of the agreement if Iran didn't commit to fully ending its nuclear program. The president and Tillerson were reported to have disagreed on a number of key issues, including North Korea, moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the removal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and the Iran nuclear deal.

Both are considered to be among of the strongest supporters of diplomacy now on the scene in Western governments, even though Tillerson's position frequently clashed with the White House and was undermined by a rocky personal relationship with Trump.

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile programme; the terms under which global inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire after 10 years.

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House. Not long ago I asked somebody who works at a senior level in US diplomacy about the constant tumult.

"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Trump said via a written statement distributed by the White House. The nomination was waiting for the confirmation of the Senate.

The departing secretary did not take issue with the decision, but suggested it was made possible by the hard work of his State Department and allies in building sanctions and diplomatic pressure. After joining the Trump administration, Tillerson appeared to signal his interest in sticking with the Paris deal.

But with Pompeo tapped to become secretary of state, some USA officials and analysts worry about what they see as the Republican former congressman's habit of telling Trump what he wants to hear, especially as the administration prepares for an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"It had been rumored for a number of months that he was not going to last that long", the Florida Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now." "So we were not really thinking the same". "Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!"

However, unlike Tillerson, a former businessman who lacked government experience when Trump picked him past year as secretary of state, Pompeo is well aware of the ways of Washington. Trump was slower to embrace that hard line, though he said after a Tuesday phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May that Russian Federation needed to provide "unambiguous answers" about the incident, adding that whoever was responsible should face consequences.


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