14 March, 2018
Donald Trump Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had been sidelined on the world stage by the mercurial president.
Nearly from the get-go, Tillerson, the former CEO of Irving-based Exxon Mobil, seemed out of sorts and out of step with his mercurial boss.
They were never in harmony over the Iran nuclear deal, and they were certainly never in step over North Korea.
But when Trump fired Tillerson Tuesday, that was also evidence the president was too weak on Russian Federation.
Director Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Worldwide Threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2018.
"I think it's bad, I guess he thinks it was OK", Trump said. "I think it's important we just continue to say to Russia, 'Look, you think we don't see what you're doing".
"I understand that that was a whole-of-administration strategy, so I'm looking forward to the new secretary of state continuing with deep engagement in our region", she said.More news: Mariners close to deal to bring Ichiro back to Seattle
"Would you define this White House as stable?" a reporter followed up.
Two White House officials have said Mr Tillerson was told he was out on Friday, but Mr Goldstein said he "did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason".
Trump's choice of the Central Intelligence Agency director to replace Rex Tillerson means an Iran hawk who fiercely opposed the 2015 pact as a member of Congress will now be in charge of the USA diplomacy trying to strengthen, and perhaps save, it.
Foreign Minister Taro Kono had been planning a trip to the United States later this week to hold talks with Tillerson about the latest developments in North Korea.
Hours later, Mr Goldstein was himself fired. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month. The accord was signed in 2015 by almost every country in the world, including the USA and China. The president will still make off-the-cuff decisions, send unhelpful tweets and subcontract large, ill-defined areas of foreign policy to relatives. In his first visit to Moscow a year ago, he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin what he wanted from the U.S. -Russia relationship and on what areas the two countries could cooperate.
Many of Trump's top national security aides, like Tillerson, have argued that the United States is better off with the Iran nuclear deal than without it. Current and former White House officials said Pompeo has proven more adept at negotiating the shifting power structures inside the administration and in reading and responding to the wishes of the president. "Abe and Trump have a close relationship, so it's no problem", a source close to Abe said.
"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.