Trump and Tillerson's biggest policy disagreements

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

But Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Tillerson "did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason".

Gina Haspel has been appointed the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and is the first woman to hold the position.

Then, last October, Trump announced that he would pull out of the agreement if Iran didn't commit to fully ending its nuclear program.

However, Trump's abrupt move, as always, met with some harsh criticisms, accusing the president of hunting down difference of opinions and those committed to high standards in his administration, favoring "men and women" who see the world as the president does, and who would nearly never challenge or disagree with him.

"We disagreed on things. the Iran deal", Trump told reporters.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Pompeo, "will do a fantastic job!" and thanked Mr Tillerson for his service.

He went through a list of accomplishments, including forcing North Korea to the bargaining table, but said there is still work to be done in Syria, stabilizing Iraq and defeating the Islamic State. "Pompeo, by contrast, joined President Trump in his deep hostility to the Iran nuclear deal".

Mr Tillerson had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state.

However, based on the response from the U.S. Department of State shortly after 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday as well as tweets by White House pool reporters in touch with Tillerson, Trump's decision appears to have stunned Tillerson himself.

Now there are even reports that Tillerson didn't know he'd been fired until he saw it on Twitter.

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Donald Trump's most senior cabinet member was officially told he had been fired three hours after the president announced his replacement on Twitter.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's last day in office will be March 31. Tillerson reportedly privately calls Trump a "moron" after the session.

"The relationship between top management and the bulk of the State Department was toxic", said Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, a former senior diplomat and fellow at the Washington Institute, according to The New York Times.

It's by far the biggest Trump administration shakeup yet.

"He may be a globalist, but I still like him", Trump said in front of TV cameras at a White House meeting. That decision left Mr Tillerson looking completely out of touch with the White House. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor notorious for exposing information about US surveillance programs and living in exile in Russian Federation because of it, is asking the Trump administration how they can live with themselves over this choice.

The president is adding that Tillerson will be "much happier now", and he appreciates his service.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, says President Donald Trump's decision to fire his chief diplomat caught him by surprise.

"I felt like, look, I just need to get back", Tillerson said.

While at Exxon, Tillerson had expressed his support for the Paris climate accord and had urged Trump to stay in it to maintain US influence on the issue. "However, the Senate also has a role to play in this process, and I will carefully evaluate the nominations of Director Pompeo and Deputy Director Haspel as a part of that role".

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