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

Incoming CIA director Gina Haspel delivers remarks at the 2017 William J. Donovan Award Dinner in Washington DC

It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming USA secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal given that there is only one voice that counts in President Donald Trump's administration: his own. 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. Trump himself acknowledged Tuesday before boarding Air Force One for California that he and Tillerson had been discussing him leaving since the summer.

The president, of course, took notice.

Mike Pompeo now awaits confirmation from the Senate. "At the same time, I think Mike appreciates this president taking a different approach, really shaking up the situation, and perhaps providing an opening where we can get some different results than we have over the past 25 years". The firing was just the latest in an exodus of administration officials, including those in Trump's inner circle, with the president already setting records for staff turnover and several other Cabinet secretaries facing ethics investigations.

"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time". Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday.

The author of that statement, Steve Goldstein, was sacked by the White House just hours later.

"It's a surprise, but Japan-U.S. ties won't be shaken".

"The secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues".

"Expect Pompeo to play a protagonist's role in avoiding the entrapment of previous US administration engagements with North Korea by holding absolutely firm on the United States' desired end state -denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the North Korea ballistic missile program". 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. "And that was a total mystery because the people at the State Department would work for the devil if he is advancing American interests, which Mr. Tillerson was". The president will still make off-the-cuff decisions, send unhelpful tweets and subcontract large, ill-defined areas of foreign policy to relatives. Tillerson's support for the agreement put him at odds with Trump on one of the president's top foreign policy issues.

Blessing said he believes the move also adds ammunition for the president's critics. Asked about how Trump used Twitter in announcing Tillerson's firing, Johnson said he "would have handled things differently".

Ms Bishop said Australia had been "working particularly hard to ensure that we have deep connections within the White House administration". US sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh "waivers" to suspend them on May 12.

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