Trump Ends Globalism at the State Department


It was also that Tillerson would say and do things out-of-sync with what the America-First stance needs to be.

Tillerson will pass authority at midnight to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, remaining at the department for handover purposes until March 31.

Tillerson's exit had been rumored for some time, given his repeated disagreements with Trump on foreign policy.

Adding to the day's drama at the State Department, Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary for public affairs and public diplomacy, was also shown the door after issuing a statement supportive of Tillerson.

"The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security", Goldstein said. He went further than the White House in condemning Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom last week. On Monday, Tillerson told reporters traveling with him that he was "very, very concerned" with Russia's growing aggression.

"We are now seeing President Trump surround himself with people who are like-minded", Blaxland said.

"Over the past year I've had issues with how Secretary Tillerson has handled Russian Federation and managed the State Department", Sen. Tillerson was often seen as a moderating force who could calm some of Trump's more rash positions.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

"Unfortunately, today's transition disrupts steady communications with the regime, especially since we lack a nominee for ambassador to South Korea and recently lost the top career official handling North Korea", she said in a prepared statement provided by her office.

US President Donald Trump Tuesday announced he was firing Rex Tillerson, capping months of speculation the secretary of state was on the verge of being pushed out. Trump had undercut Tillerson's credibility on numerous occasions, and the constant leak campaign in the media that Tillerson was on his way out undercut his standing even further. "So we were not really thinking the same", he said.

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Trump pointed out he did not discuss much with Tillerson regarding his decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Tillerson has no singular foreign policy cause or achievement to his credit, but he had worked to open the door to talks with North Korea.

However, it is understood that Mr Tillerson was warned by senior administration officials last Friday that his position was in jeopardy, prompting his surprise decision to cut short a trip to Africa and return to Washington.

Combine Rex Tillerson's net worth with that of other Trump administration appointees such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (net worth estimated between $1 billion and $5 billion) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (net worth: $700 million to $2.9 billion), and the collective wealth of Trump's cabinet was once estimated as high as $14.5 billion. He is a popular figure among Republicans on Capitol Hill, unlike Mr Tillerson, who had no political experience before his appointment to the secretary of state role.

Haspel, 61, would become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency if she is confirmed to succeed outgoing director Mike Pompeo, who has been picked to serve as secretary of state.

The Washington Post reports that Pompeo, a former Republican lawmaker from Kansas, developed a warm relationship with the president. The Senate must vote on 61-year-old Haspel's confirmation to succeed Pompeo.

Announcing Tillerson's sacking in a tweet earlier Tuesday, Trump lavished praise on Pompeo, saying he would do a "fantastic job!"

Although the Senate confirmed Pompeo to his current position 66-32, his hard-line stance on Iran may prove to be a bigger obstacle in his quest to become the top United States diplomat.

Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, opposed the nomination of Haspel and called for total transparency about her background.

In just four election cycles, 2010 through 2016, Pompeo received: $335,000 from Koch Industries employees (including $92,000 just from the Koch family); $69,000 from the Koch Industries PAC; $417,175 from Americans for Prosperity (which is the right-wing advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers); plus another $87,532 from "Other outside groups heavily funded by the Kochs".