Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

  • Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

Russian Federation issued a mocking reaction to the surprise sacking of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman asking if the finger of blame was already being pointed at Moscow. Staff Secretary Rob Porter was sacked after allegations of domestic abuse.

President Donald Trump says he and ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "disagreed on things".

"When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was bad, he thought it was okay".

"The North Koreans see in the Trump administration a political landscape that they can identify with", he said. "And I can tell you who is going to win". He said he made the decision to dismiss the secretary on his own.

When did Rex Tillerson know? God bless the American people. He mentioned how he was proud of how his department addressed allegations of sexual harassment.

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired.

There are differing accounts about when Tillerson found out about his dismissal.

On Tuesday, some US intelligence officials said reports of her alleged involvement in interrogations involving torture were false. "We were not really thinking the same", the president said today, referring to himself and Tillerson.

More consequentially for Canada, it's hard to imagine him as a counterweight to the protectionists dominating Mr. Trump's cabinet table.

When she was named deputy director past year, intelligence officers who served with her and congressional officials said that in 2002, during Republican former President George W. Bush's administration, she ran a secret CIA prison in Thailand code-named "Cat's Eye".

Trump nominated a career Central Intelligence Agency professional, Deputy Director Gina Haspel, as Pompeo's successor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Trump's move to nominate Pompeo, calling the director the ideal choice to lead the nation through a series of diplomatic negotiations over the coming year.

Between 2003 and 2005, she oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said.

In a statement, Sen.

A former U.S. Army officer and Harvard Law School graduate who represented a Kansas district in the U.S. House of Representatives before being tapped to lead the CIA, Pompeo will face the task of grappling with a boss who has shown little regard for diplomacy and no qualms about undermining Tillerson with Twitter posts.

Several months earlier in Beijing, Tillerson said the United States was directly communicating with North Korea but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue. His tenure officially ends on March 31st. Trump interviewed several other prospects at Trump Tower in NY, including former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, before settling on the surprise choice of the former oil executive from Texas.

"It's not that we start from scratch, but you lose a certain amount of momentum when you have to go back to those same leaders with a different team", she said.

Pompeo, a former member of Congress who spent his early career in business, had no profile in the intelligence community apart from his leading role on a congressional committee investigating the terrorist attacks on a US government facility in Benghazi, Libya.

In an interview with the Platts Capitol Crude podcast last month, George David Banks, a former top energy adviser to Trump, said the administration has been weighing the impact of any potential sanctions on Venezuela's oil sector with the impact they may have on US Gulf refiners. For Trump, Tillerson became an embodiment of "establishment" naysayers.

Immediately, there were calls for Pompeo to abandon Tillerson's plans to shrink the department and empower marginalized diplomats.

As he walked to the helicopter Tuesday, Trump was asked about the "moron" flap but apparently couldn't hear the question.

Gina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the CIA, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the USA intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.