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The Distance Between Tillerson's State Dept. And Trump's White House

The Distance Between Tillerson's State Dept. And Trump's White House

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

The president said he and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, his choice to replace Tillerson, were on the same "wavelength".

Tillerson's sacking comes shortly after Trump, without consulting his top diplomat, made a decision to accept an invitation to talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un on resolving the Korean nuclear stand-off. Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia to ease off Qatar, but Trump took the Saudis' side and labeled Qatar a "funder of terrorism".

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.

Certainly not the foreign diplomats he dealt with either: Tillerson didn't have the background in diplomacy or politics to be impressive. Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!

While the message was aimed at Pyongyang, it also helped Tillerson make the case for peace at the White House.

Trump's position: Last June, Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement.

Pompeo's promotion comes as the trading relationship between Canada and the U.S.is growing more hard. It set new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and was hailed as a significant step towards slowing global warming, though critics argued the emissions targets weren't ambitious enough and have questioned if countries will meet their goals. But over time, Tillerson found himself frozen out and in disagreement with the man who mattered most, Trump.

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"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Trump said via a written statement distributed by the White House.

Director Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Worldwide Threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2018.

Clearly, Trump does not want a secretary of state, or any Cabinet colleague, who ignores his tweets and gets on with the job. After joining the Trump administration, Tillerson appeared to signal his interest in sticking with the Paris deal.

Trump specifically cited the Iran nuclear deal, which he wanted to pull the USA out of against Tillerson's recommendations.

Trump announced the changes in a morning Twitter post and later told reporters more about why he removed Tillerson. He has also criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and potential ties to his campaign. "This underlines exactly how little Trump values expertise or diplomacy in general".

"It had been rumored for a number of months that he was not going to last that long", the Florida Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now." "I think it's important we just continue to say to Russia, 'Look, you think we don't see what you're doing".

Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying they disagreed on the Iran nuclear deal.

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