Tillerson disagreed with Trump on issues from his decision to quit the Paris climate accords to his inclination to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran. The president regularly criticizes the agreement as a bad deal and has repeatedly threatened to end it. Corker, one of Tillerson’s closest allies on the Hill, also gave well wishes to the outgoing secretary of state.
“With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process”.
Some national security insiders, meanwhile, have mused during recent months that Mr. Pompeo might be a stronger fit for secretary of state because of his focus on the North Korea crisis.
Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, has already been confirmed by the Senate for his current role at the Central Intelligence Agency, making it extremely likely that he will be confirmed for the State Department role.
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden called her an “unsuitable” nominee immediately after Trump announced his decision.
Over months of speculation about Tillerson’s future, Haley had been rumored as one possible successor.
“He dived into policy matters in a way that unnerved many professionals at the agency”, the official added,”and morale was taking a blow that was spreading from the analytical side, where some people feared he was tailoring some PDBs (President’s Daily Briefs intelligence assessments presented to the president) to tell Trump what he wanted to hear rather than what the intelligence assessments were”.
His tenure was more than 10 times as long as Tillerson’s – a function, of course, of Roosevelt’s longevity in the office.
The State Department had to scramble to send out a statement that proved to be incredibly awkward.
Rob Porter The White House staff secretary, a senior adviser in charge of much of the documentation that went to Trump for his signature, resigned in early February following accusations of domestic abuse from two former wives.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.
“The secretary will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship”, he added, in a nod to Tillerson’s close working relationship with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA.
Outgoing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not speak to President Donald Trump before he was sacked Tuesday and has not been given a reason for his ouster, a top aide said. He will do a fantastic job! “I really appreciate his commitment to service and I’ll be speaking to Rex over a long period of time”. If confirmed, she would become the CIA’s first female director. Last summer as tensions rose when Kim Jong Un and Trump traded insults, Tillerson said the US wanted to “resolve this through talks”, rather than the military options the White House said were on the table.
A senior White House official said Trump asked Tillerson to step down on Friday but did not want to make it public while he was on a trip to Africa.
Tillerson faced a much tougher confirmation that most nominees to be secretary of state a year ago as Democrats grilled him about his oil business ties to Russian Federation and refusal to recuse himself from energy-related matters related to Exxon Mobil while in the job.
Then CBS News “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan reported that the secretary had not yet spoken with the president and only found out about news of his firing when the public did.
Michael Flynn Resigned in February as Trump’s national security adviser after disclosures that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Tillerson was slated to retire from Exxon in March 2017 at age 65 under the company’s mandatory retirement policy.
Conspicuously missing: A statement from Tillerson himself.