Pompeo & Haspel: 'Hardliners that will do as Trump says'


U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, a step likely to influence Washington's stance on North Korea. Trump said in an early morning tweet that Pompeo, now the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, would succeed Tillerson and "do a fantastic job!" "Though Tillerson was not very effective, he nevertheless was an obstacle against Trump killing the nuclear deal with Iran".

Tuesday morning, Trump told reporters: "It sounds to me like it would be Russian Federation based on all the evidence they have" regarding the poisoning.

The way Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's dismissal played out on Tuesday sounds particularly ruthless.

Secretary of State Tillerson had just returned from a trip to several countries in Africa, and reportedly learned he'd been fired through the President's tweet. He is truly a great man. "And that was a total mystery because the people at the State Department would work for the devil if he is advancing American interests, which Mr. Tillerson was".

The prime minister described Central Intelligence Agency director Mr Pompeo as a great friend of Australia who was already well-known to the government.

The first-in-his-class West Point graduate and Harvard Law graduate reached Congress on the Tea Party wave of 2010, beating Jean Schodorf and Wink Hartman in a hotly contested primary before an easy general-election win.

Before entering politics, he formed a Wichita aviation company - Thayer Aerospace - and also worked in the oil industry. Gary Cohn recently announced his resignation as director of the National Economic Council.

In a speech in Wichita in November, he described Trump as "energetic, hard-working and a patriot on extraordinary levels".

Tillerson held a press conference Tuesday afternoon and revealed that he received a call from President Trump several hours after learning he was sacked on Twitter.

He praised allies in noting "we exceeded the expectations of nearly everyone with the DPRK maximum pressure campaign", and said that "much work remains to establish a clear view of the nature of our future relationship with China".

Goldstein added that Tillerson "did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted".

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"The relationship between top management and the bulk of the State Department was toxic", said Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, a former senior diplomat and fellow at the Washington Institute, according to The New York Times.

"We disagreed on things", Trump told reporters before departing the White House for California. I guess he thought it was OK.

Pompeo said in a statement that "I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the president's foreign policy".

The interrogations involved extensive use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques, the term used for waterboarding and other interrogation methods internationally classified as torture.

"Over the past year I've had issues with how Secretary Tillerson has handled Russian Federation and managed the State Department", Sen.

Dana Shell Smith, who served as ambassador to Qatar and was principal deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at the State Department during Benghazi, said Pompeo will have a tough road to climb at the State Department after his role in the Benghazi investigation. Trump did, however, make an announcement on Twitter.

Gina Haspel, now deputy director of the CIA, will become the agency's first woman director of the CIA. She is a veteran CIA clandestine officer backed by many in the United States intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation from the U.S. Senate. Sen.

"There's no question [that] this administration, when it comes to nominations, has been treated much more harshly than any administration in anybody's memory", McConnell said in response to a question at a news conference on Tuesday.

Haspel's history of involvement with the program as well as the cable she authored could jeopardize her chances of receiving Senate confirmation.