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Tillerson "has been a poor advocate for the State Department, but he served as a Cabinet-level check on some of President Trump's worst impulses", said Thomas Countryman, one of the career diplomats who left in early 2017. S. had full confidence in the UK assessment of the case.
Tillerson was caught flat-footed last week when Trump abruptly accepted an invitation for face-to-face talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president had said blame for the violence fell "on both sides" of the protests, even though it was a white supremacist who killed a protestor.
Tillerson, a former international business executive, was also more sensitive to the opinion of European allies than his boss. "It's a really bad sign that she should be named as CIA director", Schueller said.
"I don't have reasons to expect more softness in the approach to Russia from his [Tillerson's] successor", Chizhov told Euronews. He constantly contradicted Tillerson's impulses, largely ignored his counsel, and never invested in providing his secretary the top cover necessary to conduct foreign policy from Foggy Bottom.
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"Mike Pompeo has a reputation here on The Hill for being smart, being aggressive, also being partisan", said Coons.
By contrast, Trump has enjoyed a far warmer relationship with Pompeo, who got to know the president by personally delivering his intelligence briefings.
Hours after Tillerson was roused at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday local time in Nairobi, the State Department announced that Tillerson would not be carrying on with his schedule for the day, saying the secretary of state was not feeling well.
John Rizzo, who was the CIA's acting general counsel in the period after the Sept. 11 attacks, also believes a renewed discussion could be helpful.
To Trump, Tillerson's stance on Iran wasn't just a difference of opinion - it was, perhaps, an act of disloyalty.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will consider the nomination, said she has the "right skill set, experience and judgment" to lead the CIA.
One source of weakness, the president felt, was Tillerson's media profile.
Tillerson has been strongly critical of Iran, condemning its regional aggression and its meddling in the Syrian civil war. The Defense Department has issued significant national strategic documents (National Defense Strategy, National Military Strategy), and is about to launch new ones (e.g. missile defense). It's impossible to serve this administration in any role of significance without surrendering one's dignity. He pointedly did not deny an NBC report last October that he had once called Trump a "moron". "His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity". Among the graduate students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, long a feeding ground for the department, and similar institutions there are serious doubts about serving.
Tillerson cut his trip short by a day, departing Monday.
Close ally Australia, which is working through an exemption from the U.S. tariffs, welcomed Pompeo's appointment. One of them, Steve Goldstein, was fired later on Tuesday after he contradicted the White House's version.
West Wing officials had accused him in recent weeks of privately criticizing White House decisions to reporters.
"Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State".
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