Trump fires Tillerson after visiting Nigeria

Delia Walker
March 15, 2018

Late Night host Seth Meyers on Tuesday night weighed in on Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the U.S. should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims 'Bolivarian Diaspora" can no longer be ignored MORE's ouster, suggesting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion' at VA MORE should have fired Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week House Dems call for first Education Committee hearing on school shootings since Sandy Hook MORE instead.

Then, Tillerson called Trump an (expletive) moron over the summer and nearly resigned.

If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Another point of divergence between Tillerson and Pompeo is the worldwide nuclear deal negotiated with Iran in 2015 under former President Barack Obama.

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.

Mr Pompeo, a strong ally of Mr Trump who regularly delivers the daily intelligence briefings to the president, is a former Tea Party Republican. He has consistently defended the president's stance against North Korea.


Lee Do-hoon, the Foreign Ministry's point man on North Korean nuclear issues, also departed for Washington on Wednesday to coordinate with United States officials ahead of the planned foreign ministerial talks. "When you look at the Iran deal: I think it's awful, I guess he thinks it was OK". I thought it was bad. "I wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently". "With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process".

When Tillerson didn't step aside, Trump fired him, that official said.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., issued a statement: "Secretary Tillerson served admirably in a very hard job and I have a great deal of respect for him. It's exactly times like these that I need to visit the United States", the source quoted Kono as saying. "The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling".

The turmoil within the Trump administration intensified on Tuesday as the USA president fired his secretary of state, raising fears among allies about a possible shift in U.S. foreign policy.

In recent months, Trump and Tillerson have had several public disagreements, specifically over how to deal with North Korea. "We were not really thinking the same".

"The president is the only one responsible, he's the one who gets impeached if things go south", he added.


"I think it creates somewhat of an unstable environment in the bureaucracy and our democracy", she said. "Gina is a very competent professional who I think deserves the chance to take the seat", he said. He will do a fantastic job!

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.

He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron".

The reshuffle also comes amid a dramatic diplomatic opening with North Korea, with Trump set to hold a historic meeting with leader Kim Jong Un in May.

Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein and other State Department officials said Tuesday morning that Tillerson hadn't learned he was dismissed until he saw Trump's early-morning tweet, and hadn't discussed it directly with Trump.

Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said his committe would continue its "positive relationship" with the CIA under her leadership. 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.


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