Trump sacks Tillerson, names CIA's Pompeo as Secretary of State

"I think, despite the rhetoric, we have known that there is tension between Mr. Tillerson, the White House, and with Congress", he said.

According to another account of the events, Kelly was not so clear about the president's intentions when he spoke to Tillerson.

Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy initiative.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he personally regretted the development, adding that while he and Mr Tillerson sometimes had different opinions, they were able to have a frank exchange of views, NHK reported on Wednesday. He also opposed the Affordable Care Act, shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and accused former secretary of state Hillary Clinton of intentionally misleading Americans about the nature of the attack while serving on the House Select Benghazi Committee.

Jameel Jaffer, formerly deputy legal director of the ACLU, said Tuesday on his Twitter feed that Haspel is "quite literally a war criminal".

Pompeo defended the president's move but stressed the US and its allies will continue to press North Korea in advance of any Trump-Kim summit.

Senators yesterday fretted and poked fun at the public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but some anxious the arduous process of confirming his replacement could bring the Senate to a halt.

The "a$3 ppointment should be a warning to allies of the U.S. in the UK, Europe and around the world to rethink their cooperation with an administration which has refused again and again to show respect for the values we all share", Foa said.

The one thing all those men have in common is they have been willing to disagree with Trump, privately and publicly.

Hours after his boss, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was ousted Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of public affairs at the State Department has been fired by the White House.

In an earlier statement released to the media, State Department spokesman Steve Goldstein said Tillerson "had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security", particularly on the latest opening with North Korea. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later. A former senior official of the State Department told me recently that Tillerson was expected to announce his departure around the first anniversary of his swearing-in, on February 1.

Most wouldn't characterize Tillerson as the conventional Secretary of State, considering his business background and his approach to the role as top USA diplomat.

Tillerson's ouster bodes ill for those in Trump's administration who were not a part of his campaign team, business life or family. Additionally, Tillerson reportedly held back Trump from striking North Korea, while Pompeo has come off more hawkish.

In an another Twitter post, Snowden, the whistleblower, who fled the country after exposing classified information in 2013 about U.S. surveillance programs, wrote, "Are these really the values the United States should be promoting?"

Wisconsin's U.S. Senators reacted, to changes at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.

"I do not expect an emergence of true diplomacy and may in fact result in a more tense geopolitical environment to include further alienation of many traditional allies", Washington's Eurasia Center Vice President Earl Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time".

Pompeo shared Trump's "aggressive, china-breaking impulses".

Addressing the rumor that Tillerson was tipped off about getting fired while he was in Africa, Trevor Noah said on "The Daily Show", "Imagine if this happened and he wasn't warned".

  • Leroy Wright