Pelosi Saw Both Tillerson's Hiring and Firing as Proof Trump Obeys Putin

Pelosi Saw Both Tillerson's Hiring and Firing as Proof Trump Obeys Putin”

Hours after it was announced that President Donald Trump had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Tillerson delivered an emotional statement in which he thanked those he worked with and expressed how proud he was to serve in the position.

The firing comes amid ongoing concerns related to Russian Federation and North Korea, two countries Tillerson cited when he addressed his firing in a statement streamed live on Tuesday afternoon.

The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning.

He states, "Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State".

He spoke on Tuesday of his desire to break the deal, but noted that Mr Tillerson "felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same".

The Texan's last day as secretary will be March 31, when he just might breathe a big sigh of relief.

"I feel empathy for Rex Tillerson", Countryman said.

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

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"The secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues".

On Monday, the day before he was sacked, Tillerson said the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain "clearly came from Russia" and "will trigger a response". 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.

Tillerson also likely took a jab at Trump by praising his State personnel for recently addressing "challenges of sexual harassment within the department".

"Let's hope that he puts his dedication to the mission and to the country before his partisan or personal loyalty to the president", Revere said.

Trump in recent days has told confidants that he feels emboldened, confident in his decisions to order new worldwide trade on tariffs and to meet with Kim Jong Un and far less willing to put up with disloyalty around him, according to a person who has spoken to the president in recent days but was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. So far, Trump has kept the the deal despite his misgivings. His stance created another messaging problem for a White House that has often struggled to project a united front.

Critics said the move would sow more instability in the volatile Trump administration and marks the departure of another moderate who sought to emphasise the United States' strong ties to its allies amid Trump's criticism.

Ms Bishop said Australia had been "working particularly hard to ensure that we have deep connections within the White House administration". Schultzin said Pompeo is also more confrontational, especially toward China. It also remains to be seen how Pompeo's presence at the helm will affect Trump's posture toward North Korea and Russia, which Tillerson - once seen as too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin - blasted in a press conference on his way out the door.

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