White House fires top Tillerson aide

White House fires top Tillerson aide

Hours later, Mr Goldstein was sacked, apparently for contradicting the White House version of events.

"I think it's bad, I guess he thinks it was OK", Trump said.

"I actually got on well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking", Trump told reporters outside the White House before boarding a helicopter.

Scaramucci's hiring prompted press secretary Sean Spicer to quit after a six-month run that included a string of public slights by Trump, including the president excluding the devout Roman Catholic from a meeting with the pope during a trip to the Vatican.

"I'll now return to private life, as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I had to serve my country", Tillerson said. Shortly before the president said he would meet with Kim, Tillerson had stressed that the USA was a "long ways from negotiations" with North Korea.

Trump and Tillerson, who was an unconventional pick with no diplomatic or political experience before he was appointed as secretary of state just over a year ago, have diverged on policy numerous times, including over North Korea and Russian Federation.

Tillerson thanked colleagues for "the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months" and thanked the American people for their "devotion to a free and open society" during a speech at the State Department headquarters, noting that "much remains to be done".

"It is under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity", Pompeo told reporters at the time. Describing Tillerson's mood, Goldstein said: "He's accepting".

"She does bring continuity after Pompeo", said the former senior intelligence official, noting the two were in accord on strengthening the agency's counterterrorism operations. Comey said a year ago in testimony before Congress that his ouster caught him by surprise and criticized Trump for saying the bureau was in disarray.

In his remarks at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, Tillerson did not take the name of the president.

Tillerson's removal is the latest in a long string of Trump administration departures.

The US President has publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives many times, including this week when the former Secretary of State's comments about Russian Federation appeared at odds with those of the White House.

Other European officials and former USA officials said Pompeo's rise, if he is confirmed as secretary of state by the Senate, might have a more ambiguous effect on the negotiations and that, in any case, Trump's views are paramount.

Critics expressed dismay at the decision to swap out top diplomats so soon before the unprecedented meeting and anxious that Pompeo would encourage Trump to scrap the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and be hawkish on North Korea. Trump faces another deadline in May to decide whether to remain in the Obama-era nuclear agreement that he campaigned aggressively against.

"I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently", Trump said.

The proposed Trump-Kim meeting proves once again the enormous value that the possession of nuclear weapons and the rapid development of intercontinental ballistic missiles confers upon North Korea. Tillerson backed the JCPOA; Trump called it an "embarrassment".

He stood by as his department was eviscerated as the White House chopped its budget by a third. I am surprised he lasted as long as he did.

In July, reports surfaced that Tillerson had called Trump "a moron", an accusation that Tillerson did not immediately disavow.

He also nominated Gina Haspel, the current Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to replace Pompeo and become "the CIA's first-ever female director, a historic milestone", Trump said.

A retired army officer, he is a former conservative Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Kansas.

The pair also never developed a particularly warm relationship.

"I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies", Burr said.

Pompeo's diplomatic instincts will likely align more closely with Trump's.

Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.

In contrast, Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process". Donald Trump was very angry at him.



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