Tillerson sacking spells doom for Iran nuclear deal

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia in a 2016 file

I don't agree 100 percent with President Trump's approach to foreign policy, and I was concerned about his baiting North Korea.

The president said that while he personally likes Tillerson and got along with him, the two disagreed on important policy issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, and had "different mindsets".

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to head the Central Intelligence Agency, after serving as deputy director since February 2017.

In Syria, Pompeo will confront a US policy that so far makes little sense.

Tillerson's departure capped months of friction between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive.

Tillerson was forced to convene a press conference in October last to deny reports that he was considering quitting, though he did not comment on a report that he had called Trump a moron after a meeting at the Pentagon.

Senior White House officials said Trump wanted his new team in place before any summit with Kim, who invited the U.S. president to meet by May. "I want to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same".

"With Mike ... we have a very similar thought process", Trump added.

He's the one cabinet member about whom Trump never has an unkind word to say, but he's also the one cabinet member left who seems to reliably favor continued diplomacy with rogue nations like North Korea and Iran.

Following a day of talks with China's President Xi Jinping late past year, Tillerson said USA officials were exploring channels of contact with Pyongyang amid sky-high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

But a day later, Trump bluntly dismissed Tillerson's efforts.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Russian Federation as well and said the nation had until the end of the day on Tuesday to answer for the attack or else the United Kingdom would deem the act an "unlawful use of force" by Moscow, the BBC reported.

A second, they said, is if she can help persuade Trump that Russian President Vladimir Putin is an increasingly aggressive adversary, and that failing to confront him would weaken United States relations with its closest allies and with the CIA's most valuable partners.

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile programme; the terms under which worldwide inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire after 10 years.

Evans Revere, a former senior USA diplomat who dealt with North Korea under President George W. Bush, said Trump's move sends "a bad signal about the role of diplomacy". The US intelligence assessment is that the 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program is on balance a good one, and that Trump's criticism of it threatens efforts to constrain Iran's nuclear ambitions and ties with the other nations that negotiated the pact, China, France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation. Trump's announcement came only a few hours after Tillerson landed in Washington after a trip that had been cut short.

Feinstein blocked Haspel's promotion to acting head of the agency's clandestine service in 2013 over her involvement in the torture program back during the early 2000's, but she said she wouldn't make a decision on how she would vote until the confirmation hearing, according to the Huffington Post.

He appeared to be caught by surprise last week when Trump announced he had accepted Kim's invitation to meet. "Mike Pompeo did a good job of that but Gina will be a natural". Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

There are many reasons Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political appointment positions at State with competent Republicans. "Congratulations to all!" Trump said on Twitter.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office in January 2017.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Trump tweeted previous year.

Goldstein was sacked by the White House shortly after issuing the statement.

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