Trump fires Tillerson, secretary of state, a day after visit to Nigeria

Trump fires Tillerson, secretary of state, a day after visit to Nigeria

"We can't put the North Korea issue on the back burner". Tillerson also reportedly called Trump a "moron" after a meeting of cabinet and national security officials last summer.

In other words, Mr Tillerson knew how to negotiate with Mr Putin and his inner circle, but chose not to demonstrate that skill as secretary of state.

Tillerson had also encouraged Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and tried to change the president's mind on leaving the Paris climate agreement.

"I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service", Trump said.

While Trump said he made a unilateral decision to fire Tillerson, the two had "been talking about this a long time". "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad, I guess he thought it's okay".

Rex Tillerson spent a tumultuous year at the helm of the State Department, frequently undercut by the president he disagreed with on key foreign policy issues and derided by many of his employees who blamed him for marginalizing their role and diplomacy itself. But President Trump wisely fired him as secretary of state for having an outlook different from Trump's, and from the agenda Trump was elected on.

"Tillerson finally stood up to Trump on the question of Russian influence and is removed".

Donald Trump at campaign rally in Pennsylvania at the weekend. Tillerson was appointed to represent the United States and carry out President Trump's agenda. "With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process".

He quickly developed a strong relationship with Trump owing to giving daily intelligence briefings to the president himself. On Tuesday, Trump confirmed in a Tweet that this switch would indeed take place, and that long-time Central Intelligence Agency veteran Gina Haspel would replace Pompeo and become the first woman to be Central Intelligence Agency director.

CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, who served as deputy director and acting director of the CIA, worked with Haspel for 10 years, and described her as "highly regarded" within the agency.

Senior White House officials said Trump wanted his new team in place before any summit with Kim, who invited the U.S. president to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump". Tillerson's now been fired, so we'll see if Mnuchin honors his pledge.

His meeting with Buhari was the final leg of his five-nation African tour that saw him visit Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria.

Tillerson is a "good friend of the Philippines who played a crucial role in strengthening our relations with the United States during his term as Secretary of State", the DFA said. "When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was awful, he thought it was okay", Trump said.

One political analyst told Cheddar the move was telling.

"It makes execution of ideas easier and more efficient", Williams said of the latter.

Tillerson's ouster had been rumored for months, as Trump and Tillerson rarely seemed to be on the same page concerning the White House's foreign policy, but the news still came as a shock to most in Washington.

Several top Republicans, including Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, said they were supporting Haspel's nomination.

For months it has been perceived that Tillerson, who is younger than Trump but appears older, has been unhappy in his position.

Following a day of talks with China's President Xi Jinping late previous year, Tillerson said United States officials were exploring channels of contact with Pyongyang amid sky-high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later.

I was never a fan of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Tillerson and Mattis had pressed a skeptical Trump to stick with the nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers, and Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation.

Reporters for USA media outlets, including the Washington Post and CNN, however, said Tuesday that Tillerson was actually fired on Friday - the day he visited Djibouti and Kenya.

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.

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