'Morning Joe': Trump's a 'Moron,' Rex Tillerson Situation Is 'a Hot Mess'

'Morning Joe': Trump's a 'Moron,' Rex Tillerson Situation Is 'a Hot Mess'

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he was firing Rex Tillerson, capping months of speculation the secretary of state was on the verge of being pushed out.

That's how outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson felt for most of a tenure that lasted almost 15 months. "There's some who think we're warming, there's some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment".

Mr Tillerson never fully denied the claim, which prompted the president - seemingly stung - to challenge his top diplomat to an IQ test.

A believer in regime change in North Korea, it is unlikely that Pompeo will endorse the summit that Trump announced last week. The abrupt announcement ended the turbulent tenure of the man who reportedly called the president a "moron" but wanted to stay, and deepened the disarray in the Trump administration. "Rex wasn't, as you know, in this country", Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump said. "However, unlike the more restrained Tillerson, the president's new expert Pompeo is likely to add more foam to the top, leading to uncertainty and a higher risk", it said.

Trump's pick for State, previously was confirmed to head the Central Intelligence Agency in a 66-32 vote.

Tillerson also spoke with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In his remarks at the State Department, Tillerson said he would end his duties immediately and turn them over to John Sulllivan, the deputy secretary of State.

President Trump's firing of his Secretary of State Tuesday morning took reporters by surprise, plunging an already chaotic White House into more turmoil.

ANALYST TAKE: "Musical chairs in Washington fuelled fresh concerns of instability within the Trump administration yesterday, adding to fresh worries about Russian Federation on several fronts", said Mike van Dulken, Head of Research at Accendo Markets.

This State Department mandate was essentially delegated to the Pentagon or Trump's inner circle, most notably his son-in-law Jared Kushner who has been the conduit to Trump for foreign leaders instead of Tillerson. Haspel, who has spent much of her career in covert action, allegedly ran a "black site" in Thailand that used harsh interrogation techniques and has been charged by human rights groups with attempting to destroy evidence of the interrogations. Only Mr. Trump could think it a good idea to sack his top diplomat amid heightening Western tensions with Russian Federation and ahead of a possible spring summit with North Korea - a rapprochement Mr. Tillerson hinted at past year.

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo.

"There is no question that a director leaving after a year is very turbulent for the agency", said former CIA Director Michael Hayden. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump". Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) said in a statement. "But there is a level of despair at the State Department which was hard to deal with", the official said. He was also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.

Evans Revere, a former senior US diplomat who dealt with North Korea under President George W. Bush, said Trump's move sends "a bad signal about the role of diplomacy". Iran says such matters fall outside the nuclear deal's scope.

Meanwhile, South Korean officials who spoke anonymously said that while Mr Pompeo was a hardliner on North Korea, he was a seasoned politician who understood how to compromise.

Is there a possible link between Tillerson's tour of Africa and his being sacked by Trump?

Either way, Trump's freewheeling style is set to sidetrack the Senate.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office.

Tillerson has pushed Trump to remain in the agreement and had been pursuing a delicate strategy with European allies and others to try to improve or augment it to Trump's liking.

His economic nationalism became the lynchpin of Trump policies, even as many of his other ideas were rebuffed by policy rivals.

The next day, Pompeo shuttled to the White House and delivered the briefing in person.



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