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

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

The United States President, Donald Trump, fired Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director, Mike Pompeo.

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.

Mr Pompeo is strongly opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, and Mr Trump said they have a "very, very similar thought process".

Additional shots could be seen when Tillerson called diplomats "selfless leaders" who are needed when it comes to working with the United States' allies while stating "nothing is possible without allies and partners". Pompeo will likely have to wait until April to be confirmed as secretary of state, but is likely to begin on the extensive preparations required ahead of the summit. "When Mike is over in, say, the Koreas or over dealing with Russian Federation or the Middle East, I think people are going to know that he speaks for the president".

"He will have an appreciation of Canada on the security side, and we will now do our efforts to remind him on the economic side", Robertson said during an interview with CBC News. The firing was just the latest in an exodus of administration officials, including those in Trump's inner circle, with the president already setting records for staff turnover and several other Cabinet secretaries facing ethics investigations.

"Would you define this White House as stable?" a reporter followed up.

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Even after Tuesday's announcement, the White House and Tillerson aides were still struggling to determine when and how Tillerson would exit.

"Rex Tillerson's cozy relationship with the Kremlin is especially alarming in light of his attitude toward sanctions over Russia's aggressive behavior in Europe, while at the same time the President-elect continues to side with Russian Federation over the judgment of the USA intelligence community", she wrote. Hours later, he was sacked, too. Tillerson's support for the agreement put him at odds with Trump on one of the president's top foreign policy issues. 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.

Trump will be relying on a State Department that is undergoing huge cuts.

Pompeo, for instance, has tended to play down the intelligence community's findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and to stress Iran's missile development and role in Middle East conflicts instead of its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal, some officials have said.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, said the Senate confirmation process for Pompeo should be "vigorous".

Tillerson did not address reports that he had only learned of his sacking earlier that day when he read about it in Trump's tweet, but said he had since spoken to the president by telephone.

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