Trump's change puts Pompeo, an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal, in charge of US diplomacy as the president decides whether to withdraw the USA from the agreement. "We have a very similar thought process". Only Mr. Trump could think it a good idea to sack his top diplomat amid heightening Western tensions with Russian Federation and ahead of a possible spring summit with North Korea - a rapprochement Mr. Tillerson hinted at a year ago.
Gina Haspel broke another glass ceiling in her illustrious career in the CIA running over more than three decades when US President Donald Trump announced that she would become the first woman to lead the agency. But the announcement came a day after Tillerson contradicted the White House about the recent poisoning of a British spy, saying it "clearly" came from Russia-a position disputed by the Trump administration.
Pompeo and Tillerson navigated different paths with Trump, too.
"At the rate this administration is hemorrhaging staff, pretty soon the president's barber is gonna play a big role in American foreign policy", said Sen. The deal gives Iran relief from certain worldwide economic sanctions in exchange for suspension of its outlaw nuclear program.
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"If Tillerson was a speed bump for our global cooperation on climate, Pompeo could be a wrecking ball", said Jean Su, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute, in a statement. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".
"Of course, I certainly expect that Russian Federation will continue to attempt to do this, but I am sure that America will be able to hold free and fair elections, and that we will resist quite successfully, and their impact on our elections will not be significant". When you look at the Iran deal; I think it's bad, I guess he thought it was OK.
"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. I wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently". Left unanswered was what there was for the two countries - still technically at war - would have to discuss if not a deal to address concerns about the North's nuclear weapons program.
It's a little early to tell because Pompeo has not really spoken on that issue. But in June, the president pulled the US out. Trump said there was no reason to consult him because no matter what the group decided, Tillerson would be against it, the official said.
Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was the final straw for the former Wall Street banker.
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Pompeo defended the president in an interview with Fox News Sunday, especially with regard to China, which is widely blamed for the glut of steel and aluminum on the world market.
"We represent the American people, their commitment to freedom and to equal treatment to people the world over, and that message has never changed", Mr Tillerson said.
Pompeo's past track record in Congress and as Central Intelligence Agency director suggested that, in conjunction with Trump's ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, he would eschew patient constructive diplomacy in favor of making headlines by throwing insults at other nations, Rasmussen suggested. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn announced his resignation last week, not long after communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter both departed near the start of Trump's second year in office.
He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in his post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron".
With Goldstein gone, the State Department has only one permanent undersecretary in place out of six.
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