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Pompeo and Circumstance: A 'Rexit' State of Affairs

14 March 2018

CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell, who served as deputy director and acting director of the CIA, worked with Haspel for 10 years, and described her as "highly regarded" within the agency.

US officials said that while Haspel was generally held in high regard at the Central Intelligence Agency, her nomination raised the unwelcome prospect of greater congressional and media scrutiny of officers who are more comfortable in the dark than in the spotlight.

The move represents the biggest shake-up of the Trump cabinet so far and had been expected since last October when reports surfaced about a falling out between Trump and Tillerson, 65, who left his position as chief executive of Exxon Mobil to join the administration. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently.

Mr Trump immediately named Mr Pompeo (54), a man with whom he shares "a very similar thought process", as the new secretary of state.

His comments are certain to alarm European allies who have spent the last few days negotiating with Tillerson's closest aide, Brian Hook, on a way to add to the agreement that limited Iran's nuclear program, rather than reopen or scrap the deal.

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Tillerson's exit had been rumored for some time, given his repeated disagreements with Trump on foreign policy.

Foreign policy experts from Republican and Democratic administrations also questioned Trump's timing and choice, noting that Pompeo was known as a political partisan who strongly opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

"When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's awful; I guess he thought it was OK", Trump said of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in which Iran agreed to give up its nuclear programs in return for the lifting of sanctions. Tillerson's abrupt firing - he learned of his firing when Donald Trump announced it on Twitter - drew controversy given Trump's reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation and his decision not to enforce sanctions that had been passed with nearly unanimous support in Congress. Hours before his firing was made public, Tillerson vocally condemned Russia for allegedly poisoning an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, even as the White House declined to assert blame.

While the White House said Tillerson was informed on Friday of his imminent dismissal, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday that White House chief of staff John Kelly called Tillerson on Friday to inform him that a presidential tweet about him may be coming but did not give any more details. According to this view, Kim must see that the Trump administration is willing to maintain an agreement that has substantially rewarded Iran for its temporary nuclear restraint. "Mike Pompeo did a good job of that but Gina will be a natural". He will do a fantastic job!

Goldstein said Tillerson was officially notified he'd been fired from a tweet from President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, and in a statement, said Tillerson had "every intention of remaining". If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to lead the agency. And as we said before, the person that will fit in the role of assistant secretary of state has not yet been chosen.

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Instead, he praised Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for his support in valuing diplomacy as a vital tool in protecting the nation's national security interests. -North Korean crisis. While Tillerson favours negotiating with the Korean, Trump disagreed. It was long rumored that this was in the works because of continual disagreements between Tillerson and the White House.

Soon afterward, Tillerson distanced himself from Trump's stance.

"I'll now return to private life, as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I had to serve my country", Tillerson said.

"It never should have been Tillerson - that was a mistake from the beginning", Pillsbury said.

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Pompeo and Circumstance: A 'Rexit' State of Affairs