Torture history dogs Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel


Mr Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Mr Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting USA president to do so.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked by Trump on March 13, ending a rocky tenure as the nation's top diplomat for the former chief executive of Exxon.

Meanwhile, Tillerson's aggressive budget cuts and an ill-conceived reorganization plan alienated potential allies in both the State Department and Congress.

"We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things", Trump said of Tillerson following Tuesday's announcement.

A high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defense Secretary G Mohan Kumar were scheduled to be in USA for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a harsh critic of Trump and Tillerson, said Pomepo would be wise to let the State Department's talent "do their jobs".

In contrast, Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process".

"While I could be mistaken and I hope so, Mr. Pompeo's appointment in conjunction with Ambassador Haley's continuing antics in the United Nations are of little assistance in resolving worldwide crisis", Rasmussen said.

"I will now return to private life, private citizen, a proud American, proud of the opportunity I've had to serve my country".

Pompeo, on the other hand, adamantly opposes the Iran nuclear deal and reportedly has a much stronger personal relationship with the president. Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program and has recently created the prospect of an global trade war.

It was only in October that Trump publicly rebuked Tillerson for his efforts with Pyongyang, tweeting he was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man..."

On the other hand, unlike Tillerson, Mike Pompeo is very close to Trump's thinking on these issues.

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"For sure, America holds the key, so I want to meet his successor as secretary of state soon and exchange views on North Korea and other matters", Kono said.

Pompeo and Tillerson navigated different paths with Trump, too. Trump said there was no reason to consult him because no matter what the group decided, Tillerson would be against it, the official said.

"It's no secret I've had concerns in the past with her connection to the Central Intelligence Agency torture program and have spent time with her discussing this", the senator said.

Trump has said he intends to leave numerous positions unfilled, because he will ultimately drive the policy.

The Kremlin has expressed a measure of hope for an improvement in relations with the United States following President Donald Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, saying bilateral ties can not get much worse.

"We congratulate Mike Pompeo on his designation as the new Secretary of State".

He also bragged about the state department and U.S. military agreeing on the fact that "US leadership works on diplomacy" in another alleged dig at Trump's usual way of calling out various states and communities openly.

Tillerson had emerged as a vocal critic on Russian Federation - for its role in the annexation of Crimea, support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and alleged meddling in the USA election.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at "Intelligence Beyond 2018", a forum hosted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, in Washington, U.S., January 23, 2018. "I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies", he said.

Beijing is believed to have a positive assessment of Tillerson, who was seen as a light touch in contrast to Trump's "good cop, bad cop" routine of slamming Beijing on Twitter while simultaneously flattering its leadership in person.

"Look, I think the science needs to continue to develop".