China hopes Tillerson firing won't affect North Korea talks

China hopes Tillerson firing won't affect North Korea talks

Intelligence officers who served with her, and congressional officials said that in 2002, during Republican President George W. Bush's administration, she was responsible for the secret prison code-named "Cat's Eye". The dismissal also raised fears that low morale at the State Department, hit by an exodus of diplomats, would plunge further. Long enamored with prestigious credentials, Trump immediately thought highly of Pompeo, who graduated first in his class at West Point military academy and attended Harvard Law.

Mike Pompeo's hawkish instincts may seem at odds with traditional diplomatic norms. "Challenging day for the planet".

"We congratulate Mike Pompeo on his designation as the new Secretary of State".

The reason is Pompeo's view of the world.

Flynn lasted only 22 days as national security adviser. "Peace Through Strength is making its grand return".

Tillerson dismissed the notion as "laughable" as Pompeo remained silent. Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen.

The Kremlin has expressed a measure of hope for an improvement in relations with the United States following President Donald Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, saying bilateral ties can not get much worse.

A conspicuous exception to the surprise was the reaction of the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, whose antipathy for Tillerson had been an open secret. "There's some who think we're warming, there's some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment".

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"The fact that this was imminent, that he was going to step off his airplane after jetting across Africa on Trump's behalf for a week, within four hours be fired by tweet, was something that we had no sense of", Lederman said.

The decision comes as the USA administration is preparing for high stakes and historic talks between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Sullivan met with senior staff Tuesday and told them to "continue with the mission", according to a senior official who participated in the meeting.

On "Late Night With Seth Meyers", the host said the news of Tillerson's firing was announced via Twitter, but joked that it was "technically a retweet", then displayed an image of a fake tweet written by Russian President Vladimir Putin that said, "You're Fired, Rex". "For me, he scares me more and more". Thank you Rex Tillerson for his service! Secretary Tillerson is the 36th significant departure from this administration. "He spent a lot of time at the White House". "We're speaking with Theresa May today and, as soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russian Federation or whoever it may be", Trump said. "Instead what we've seen is a pivot on their part to be more aggressive".

Trump said Haspel is an "outstanding person".

Tillerson had been widely criticized for an aloof management style, which had alienated droves of career diplomats and driven numerous agency's senior brass into early retirements.

Pompeo had a consistent and well documented pattern of militant positions on the main crises confronting the United States and was unlikely to act differently toward them as secretary of state, Rasmussen noted. "They could be done rather expeditiously if there's cooperation", he said.

Senior White House officials said Trump wanted his new team in place before any summit with Kim, who invited the US president to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. Trump said "What?" Again, the question was asked: "Did you fire him because he called you a moron?" "While Tillerson reputedly was a relatively moderate voice on a few issues (the Iran nuclear accord), he pretty much hewed to the White House hard-line on everything else", he said. "No surprise why this guy was sacked".

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