Late-night hosts had a blast Tuesday with the news that President Trump had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stacking their monologues with jokes aimed at the two men. At one point, Trump said Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying diplomacy with North Korea.
A second, they said, is if she can help persuade Trump that Russian President Vladimir Putin is an increasingly aggressive adversary, and that failing to confront him would weaken U.S. relations with its closest allies and with the CIA's most valuable partners. "If the White House was a fraternity in an 80s movie, Rex Tillerson was the dean".
The absence of United States diplomacy in the past 15 months is not a Tillerson problem as much as it is a White House problem.
Whatever the Senate might have wanted to focus on in April and May will now have to compete for time with a new priority thrust upon it by President Donald Trump.
Sounding breathless and looking shaken, Tillerson said he had spoken to the President to ensure clarity in the days ahead.
Donald Trump did not tell Tillerson he was sacked, a point confirmed by a departmental spokesman. Trump perhaps never got over the fact that Tillerson called him a moron, and the relation between the two has since been awkward, to say the least.
Rep. Adam Schiff, a harsh critic of Trump and Tillerson, said Pomepo would be wise to let the State Department's talent "do their jobs".
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Trump announced the changes in a morning Twitter post and later told reporters more about why he removed Tillerson.
However, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein and other State Department officials said that Tillerson hadn't learned he was being dismissed until he saw Trump's early Tuesday tweet and hadn't discussed it directly with the president.
He then acknowledged what he thought was the silver lining of this firing as well as the resignation of White House economic advisor Gary Cohn.
The Trump approach has been one of uncertainty and unpredictability and certainly we will see a little bit of the same in Pompeo taking over State Department.
This was one of the key differences Trump cited in explaining Tillerson's dismissal. New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, once confirmed by Congress, will continue to face these same challenges. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump". He also laced his remarks with what could be seen as personal digs at the president. Recently Trump had accepted an invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un, after a long diplomatic standoff.
Last year, Haspel's name came up during a civil lawsuit in Spokane, Washington, filed by three men who said they suffered waterboarding, beatings and sleep deprivation in the Central Intelligence Agency interrogation program developed by former Spokane psychologists James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. We thank him for that and congratulate him on his great work and we look forward to working with Mike Pompeo. He also praised Trump, saying, "His leadership has made America safer".
A believer in regime change in North Korea, it is unlikely that Pompeo will endorse the summit that Trump announced last week. Now, it may be a different ballgame.
Lu said China hopes that the U.S. "can maintain the positive situation that has recently developed on the Korean peninsula, including the positive desire shown by both the American and North Korean sides for willing, direct talks".
ANALYST TAKE: "Musical chairs in Washington fuelled fresh concerns of instability within the Trump administration yesterday, adding to fresh worries about Russian Federation on several fronts", said Mike van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets. They've been empty thus far in the Trump administration. After lashing out at his Attorney General Jeff Sessions two weeks ago for not holding the FBI accountable for mishandling the Russian Federation investigation, Sessions was seen the same night walking out to dinner with his deputy Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation.