Trump replaces Tillerson with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

Trump replaces Tillerson with hawkish spy chief Pompeo

North Korea has been a major point of contention between the two with President Trump goading North Korea's leader Kim Jung Un and with Tillerson favoring negotiations.

Tillerson was reported to have privately called Trump a "moron" in July after the president suggested a 10-fold increase in the US nuclear arsenal.

Tillerson was notified Friday that he could be replaced, leading him to return home from an Africa trip a day early, according to American news outlets.

Ok, call us optimistic, but maybe Independent Prosecutor Robert Mueller will find something in the near future that will force Republicans to finally abandon Trump and force his impeachment.

Hours after his boss, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of public affairs at the State Department has been fired by the White House.

Cyr said the secretary of state "doesn't operate at the pleasure of the foreign service professionals", and cited Henry Kissinger and James Baker, as secretaries of state that "kept their distance from the department and operated pretty independently".

Pompeo will be grilled on his policy positions when he comes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a confirmation hearing.

Critics said the move would sow more instability in the volatile Trump administration and marks the departure of another moderate who sought to emphasize the United States' strong ties to its allies amid Trump's criticism.

Pompeo said in a statement that "I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the president's foreign policy". "To allow someone who had a direct hand in this illegal, immoral and counterproductive program is to willingly forget our nation's dark history with torture". He has been criticized for defending the agency's use of torture. Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen.

The official said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas who is seen as a loyalist within the administration, and wanted him in place before the USA president's planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations.

Although relatively new to the Trump inner circle, Pompeo has won the president's trust with tailored briefings on classified information.

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European diplomats saw some chance Pompeo may have more influence over Trump than Tillerson, who antagonized the US president by reportedly calling him a "moron" and who differed with Trump on Iran and other issues. As of last week, 35 Trump staffers had come and gone since Donald Trump entered the White House, CNN reported, including the recently announced high-profile resignations of communications director Hope Hicks and top economic adviser Gary Cohn.

Pompeo repeatedly downplayed Russia's interference in the US election, saying in a television interview Sunday that Moscow had merely "attempted" to do so.

As CIA director, Pompeo has followed Trump's lead in declining to directly accuse Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and withholding direct allegations of recent chemical weapons use in Syria. He went further than the White House in condemning Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom last week.

Tillerson never fully denied the claim, which prompted the president - seemingly stung - to challenge his top diplomat to an IQ test.

And Bishop told reporters: "We had a very good working relationship with Rex Tillerson and I'm confident that will continue under Mike Pompeo".

"And we commenced the steps to dramatically increase not just the scope, but the effectiveness of the sanctions" he said.

"If Pompeo is that hawkish, then in reality all it is is the affirmation of Trump's policies". A conservative Republican, he has criticized the Iran agreement as well as Muslim immigrants.

With Pompeo taking the reins at the State Department - on top of other changes in the administration - there's a very real chance that the chorus of voices in the White House is becoming too narrow, Langran said.

On one level, it will be impossible for Pompeo to be a worse secretary of state than Tillerson.

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