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The 'You're fired!' presidency — The Briefing

16 Marcha 2018, 02:14 | Martinez Canez

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"We're speaking with Theresa May today", Trump said. Last week, Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn decided to exit, as did Director of Communications Hope Hicks at the end of last month.

Mr Trump also named Gina Haspel to become the CIA's first female director.

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House.

"He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Trump added.

Of the secretaries of state chosen by the previous 10 newly elected presidents, all but one lasted at least three years.

But what's most notable is that Tillerson wasn't fired because he has been eviscerating the State Department, crushing staff morale and leading to an exodus of experienced diplomats. "This is a woman who has shown she is willing to break the law", said John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch.

Congress has since placed waterboarding on a list of techinques that may not be used by the CIA or its contractors. Given that Trump is none of these things, it can only be worrisome in the extreme.

Pompeo said in his previous role as CIA director that the agency had observed Russian activity to influence the next US election cycle, the November mid-terms.

But there's no breaking with an under-appreciated aspect of running the executive branch: It takes time for important members to learn to function as a team.

Tillerson, senior Pentagon and military officials, and European allies have argued that the U.S. should not withdraw from the pact, which has granted international inspectors unprecedented access to Iran's nuclear facilities. He was reportedly escorted out of the White House so fast, he couldn't even get his coat. "And I think his personality very much matches that of Donald Trump".

Mr Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement. The CIA, however, blamed Rodriguez for the decision.

A CIA spokesman said the agency was aware of Paul's statement and had no immediate comment. Sometimes I hear folks talk about the JCPOA and our partners, and nary a mention of the Saudis, the Emirates, the Israelis, but lots of talk about Germans and Brits and French, and that's great.

"Pompeo has a level-headed view of the Iran problem", Roule said.

A US Senate report found that Ms Haspel ran a CIA prison in Thailand where prisoners were waterboarded in 2002.

Pompeo, who often delivers the president's intelligence briefing in person, enjoys a better relationship with Trump.

In 2014, he defended the CIA officers who waterboarded detainees as "patriots". Tillerson's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff also submitted their resignations after their boss was fired. "He wants to make sure that he's got their confidence, and he's comfortable with him". "It tarnished the reputation of America and disgusted sensible people everywhere".

The White House - which insisted North Korea must first accept any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal - distanced itself from his remarks.



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