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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma at a hotel in Nairobi Kenya Friday March Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Did Not Thank Donald Trump in Farewell Speech
Kelvin Reese | 14 March, 2018, 05:58

Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, according to The New York Times.

European diplomats saw some chance Pompeo may have more influence over Trump than Tillerson, who antagonized the US president by reportedly calling him a "moron" and who differed with Trump on Iran and other issues.

"The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations", said a senior White House official Tuesday.

Tillerson himself was never quite sure that he had the president's ear either, of course, and over time seemed to grow less interested in getting it.

Trump on Tuesday singled out the Iran nuclear deal as one of the main differences he had with Tillerson. Goldstein's swift firing after refuting the Trump administration's rhetoric further reinforces the erratic nature of the White House under Trump's tenure and stands as a cause for concern moving forward.

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile programme; the terms under which worldwide inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire after 10 years. Trump frequently criticized the agreement as a candidate. He declared Tuesday, "I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want".

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Other European officials and former USA officials said Pompeo's rise, if he is confirmed as secretary of state by the Senate, might have a more ambiguous effect on the negotiations and that, in any case, Trump's views are paramount.

Tillerson's insult to Trump's intelligence came after heated discussions about Afghanistan policy, in which Trump had pushed to end the USA presence altogether and flirted with outsourcing the military counterterrorism campaign to private contractors. Tillerson began his tenure as secretary of state seeking a reset of sorts with Russian Federation. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".

On Monday, the day before he was sacked, Tillerson said the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain "clearly came from Russia" and "will trigger a response". The declarations of the announcement directly contradicted the information found in the 13 indictments of Russian nationals announced by the head of the Special Counsel investigation, Robert Mueller, just last month.

"It's a surprise, but Japan-U.S. ties won't be shaken. This underlines exactly how little Trump values expertise or diplomacy in general".

"He will have an appreciation of Canada on the security side, and we will now do our efforts to remind him on the economic side", Robertson said during an interview with CBC News. Not a single "thank you" or "I enjoyed working with you" or anything.

"Pompeo may be more effective at running State than his predecessor, but he is not prepared to manage the regional or global policy coordination needed to help the summit with Kim succeed", he said.

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