Trump's pick for new CIA chief dogged by secret prisons

Trump's pick for new CIA chief dogged by secret prisons

But many news outlets, including NBC and CNN, reported that Tillerson found out he was sacked went he saw Trump's tweet Tuesday morning that Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo would be the "new Secretary of State".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media at the US State Department after being fired by President Donald Trump in Washington, US, March 13, 2018.

With Mike Pompeo, Trump is now installing a hardliner in the State Department who is already considered a vicarious agent of the president and his "America First" policy. He shares numerous president's opinions and has plenty of experience communicating with Trump thanks to his daily intelligence briefing.

Taking Tillerson's place at State will be CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump specifically cited the Iran nuclear deal, which he wanted to pull the USA out of against Tillerson's recommendations. Rumors about friction between Trump and Tillerson increased last fall with reports that Tillerson had called the president a "moron" while meeting with other officials. Tillerson retired as CEO of ExxonMobil to take the job of secretary of state.

Appearing in the State Department briefing room for likely the last time, Tillerson's voice quavered as he described successes of his roughly one-year tenure: an economic pressure campaign on North Korea and a new Afghanistan plan.

Rep. Ron Estes, who replaced Pompeo in Congress, said in a statement, "With increasing threats overseas from a belligerent Russian Federation and Islamist terrorism, it's vitally important that we have someone like Mike, who has extensive private sector and military experience, to serve as our top diplomat".

When announcing the new appointment, Trump said that he had "chemistry" with Pompeo, whom he praised for his "tremendous energy" and "tremendous intellect". Trump did, however, make an announcement on Twitter.

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As for a replacement, he expressed confidence in Pompeo and an expectation that he'll soon hear more from Haspel during confirmation proceedings.

As recently as Monday night, while he was flying back from a week-long trip to Africa, a top aide said Mr Tillerson was staying put. The White House declined to label Russian Federation the culprit in a daily briefing; later that day, Tillerson said the poisoning "clearly came from Russian Federation". She would be the CIA's first female director.

Tillerson also publicly disagreed with Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

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.

As with all Cabinet positions, Pompeo will need to be confirmed by the Senate before assuming his post at the helm of the State Department.

Meyers also expressed sympathy for Tillerson like when "someone gets attacked by a gorilla at the zoo" and how his first thought is "that's awful", but that his second thought is "why did you go in the f**king gorilla cage?"

Just 42% of Americans approve of Trump's approach on the North Korea issue, with 50% disapproving, in a CBS News poll published Tuesday. We don't know where that would be ((overlaid with pix of Pompeo)) but we do know that Mike Pompeo will play a crucial role in preparing President to those talks.

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