Pompeo Is Trump Kindred Spirit

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves goodbye

In additional to Cohn and Tillerson, recent departures from the Trump administration include outgoing communications director Hope Hicks, staff secretary Rob Porter, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and deputy communications director Josh Raffel.

The president also told reporters Tuesday that he made the decision to oust Tillerson "by myself" and added that Tillerson will be "much happier now". And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development.

Widening differences on foreign policies and worldwide issues further escalated the tensions between the two. "Rex wasn't, as you know, in this country", Trump told reporters on Tuesday. "No one has a stronger relationship with President Trump than Mike Pompeo. I think, despite the rhetoric, we have known that there is tension between Mr. Tillerson, the White House, and with Congress", he said.

Beijing is believed to have a positive assessment of Tillerson, who was seen as a light touch in contrast to Trump's "good cop, bad cop" routine of slamming Beijing on Twitter while simultaneously flattering its leadership in person.

During his brief stay at Foggy Bottom, Tillerson frequently found himself out of the loop and caught unawares by policy shifts announced in Trump tweets.

In the eyes of some USA media outlets, Tillerson had some "successes" in his less than 14-month term, including the growing pressure against Pyongyang to force it to abandon the nuclear project, and the improved ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

In choosing Pompeo, Trump has opted for one of his close allies. So we didn't have an assistant secretary of state for Africa, and the people in the key roles will determine the direction of the policy.

Pompeo needs to be confirmed by the Senate before he can occupy the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

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A White House official said Trump was eager to make the switch in advance of upcoming talks with North Korea and ongoing trade negotiations. And Trump wanted to make a change before the North Korea summit.

"I do not see that this change will have any consequential effect on American foreign policy". It also noted that Mr Tillerson's exit had been rumoured for some time and that it was the latest in a string of departures of Trump officials.

"The president will have greater leeway to follow his own instincts on foreign policy and he will be less restrained in taking actions", West said.

The hawkish alliance of Pence, Pompeo and Haley may seek to balance the influence of the three generals, most notably on Middle East-related issues. Tillerson had championed diplomacy as the best option, and said so again in his farewell remarks to the State Department. He provided a business perspective not driven primarily by political winds...

In January, he grudgingly signed sanctions waivers "for the last time" - ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days. Tillerson said he would return to private life as a private citizen.

Max Boot, a senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, also voiced concerns over the future USA foreign policy.

Despite Tillerson's determination to stick with the deal, Trump has threatened to scrap what he has dubbed a "terrible" agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on Iran by May 12. The president regularly undercut Tillerson, once tweeting that he was "wasting his time" in pursuing a diplomatic approach to North Korea.

Murkowski ticked off a list of agenda items that were already in line ahead of her priorities on energy before Trump threw a wrench in the Senate's plans by firing Tillerson.



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