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« on: March 13, 2018, 08:40:23 pm »

Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

President Trump said Tuesday he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation?s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach that includes possible talks with North Korea.

Trump and Tillerson have had a fraught relationship for many months. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he ultimately decided to fire the secretary because they disagreed over strategy in key areas of foreign policy, such as the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the approach to North Korea and the overall tone of U.S. diplomacy.

Tillerson said he received a call from Trump around noon Tuesday, more than three hours after his firing was first reported by The Washington Post and announced minutes later in a tweet from the president.

His voice quivering, Tillerson thanked career diplomats for their ?honesty and integrity? and the American people for ?acts of kindness,? and he singled out Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for their partnership and mutual support of diplomacy. But he notably did not thank Trump or praise his policies.

Tillerson said he will remain in his post until March 31 but is delegating all authorities for running the State Department to Deputy Secretary

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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 09:42:18 pm »

Good riddance.  He serves the president of the USA, not himself.  This is the trouble of using a guy that was the former CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world.
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