Marcha 23, 2018

Tillerson Finally Gone, Pompeo to State, Torture Criminal to Run CIA

14 Marcha 2018, 07:48 | Crisanna Felipe

C.I.A. director at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last month. Credit Lawrence Jackson for The New Y

C.I.A. director at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last month. Credit Lawrence Jackson for The New Y

Tillerson also had policy differences with Trump, supporting both the Paris accord on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Haspel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

Here is a round-up of reactions to Mr Tillerson's ouster, dubbed Rexit by some media.

"North Korea, without question, is the biggest deal", Blessing told 69 News.

"But if you're talking about broad foreign policy orientations then the fact that Pompeo has made some remarks in the past which essentially says the same thing about China being a big competitor of the USA, as Trump has said, those are, I think, are worrying signs".

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired.

Trump said in a statement on Tuesday that Pompeo has a "proven record of working across the aisle". 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 past year.

Avril Haines, a former CIA deputy director and onetime White House deputy national security adviser, said Haspel "is intelligent, compassionate, and fair" and has "an unparalleled understanding of the institution, the agency's work, and she will support the workforce - all attributes the agency needs from its director". Multiple reports yesterday said the Secretary of State learned he was out only after reading the news online.

According to the Washington Post, Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, leading him to shorten his trip to Africa and return to Washington on Monday.

"This indicates, one can reasonably argue, a lack of willingness or ability on Trump's part to see disagreements resolved. There is little reason to believe this pattern will not extend to the newly assembled administration", Global Times reported.

Despite the way the announcement was handled, many conservatives viewed Pompeo's ascendance as an enormous opportunity. The briefings the President gets from the Central Intelligence Agency are given by Director Pompeo.

Most wouldn't characterize Tillerson as the conventional Secretary of State, considering his business background and his approach to the role as top US diplomat. Or it could be the result of Mr. Tillerson contradicting the White House's soft line on the shocking nerve gas-attacks against Russian exiles in Britain on March 4 - attacks the British government says implicate the Putin government.

Dr. Irene Langran, an associate professor of political science at Albright College, agreed that the timing of Tillerson's departure is concerning, particularly in light of the looming talks with North Korea.

Kono told reporters Wednesday that he "regretted" that Tillerson was sacked as the two had established a trusting relationship. And the US-Russia relations, US-China relations and North Korea seem to be the dominant themes of this administration from a foreign policy perspective to date.

However, Tillerson, also presided over a State Department which saw its role vastly diminished, with several high-profile posts unoccupied and many allies questioning the efficacy of dealing with a diplomat they suspected never had Trump's ear. So if Pompeo makes a choice for that role, and we have a sense of who that person is and their kind of background, their approach, their thinking, that will give us a better insight into the future commercial policy of the United States towards Africa.

On the other hand, unlike Tillerson, Mike Pompeo is very close to Trump's thinking on these issues. Everyone wants to ensure that the secretary has a dignified exit. He's been a terrific partner for us.

"During his own confirmation proceedings for Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo repeatedly committed that he would comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual's interrogation requirements to all USA agencies, including the CIA", McCain said.

"No, I really didn't discuss it very much with him, honestly". He's a great friend of Australia.

Bill Rhodes discusses the firing of Rex Tillerson and weighs in on US and China relations.

But Pompeo also helped engineer a detente between Trump and the USA intelligence agencies after the incoming president likened them to Nazis.

Earlier, Moscow gave a sarcastic response to the news.

But mindful of his role as presidential defender, Pompeo added: "But there's not been a single indication that any vote was changed".

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