Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Will US-Turkey ties get better or worse under Pompeo?

Will US-Turkey ties get better or worse under Pompeo?

She has gained respect from the foreign policy community which was initially skeptical of her qualifications as US ambassador to the United Nations.

The sudden ousting of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ignited social media, especially when it emerged that he only found out when President Donald Trump tweeted the news. Tillerson also reportedly called Trump a "moron" after a meeting of cabinet and national security officials last summer.

"Rex and I have been talking about this for a long time", Trump said while departing the White House en route to California.

Addressing reporters, Trump said the decision had been in the works for a while. But it is not clear that Haspel has the same close relationship with Trump.

He pointedly declined to thank Trump personally or praise him, as he has done on previous occasions, but emphasided his strong relationship with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

Pompeo, 54, regularly briefs Trump on intelligence matters, and is considered one of the most hawkish voices on North Korea in the president's inner circle.

Mr. Pompeo, a former Tea Party Republican congressman, is mostly famous for his pugnacious right-wing partisanship and for his harsh criticism of the global agreement circumscribing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming USA secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal.

"Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Tillerson "did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason", adding that the former Exxon Mobil CEO "had every intention of staying" in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security". Trump's announcement came only a few hours after Tillerson landed in Washington after a trip that had been cut short.

It is hard to say if there will be any other shifts in the White House personnel. President Trump still appears determined to reduce the American military footprint, which will inevitably empower Iran and Russian Federation in the Middle East.

It's not that Rex Tillerson would ever rank as one of the greats as secretary of State. Tillerson announced he was handing over his duties at the end of the day to Sullivan and would be formally stepping down at the end of the month.

Goldstein publicly contradicted the White House account of how Tillerson was sacked on Tuesday morning.

While battling the White House, Mr Tillerson also faced dissent within the department he led.

Tillerson defended his record Tuesday, telling reporters that "working with allies, we exceeded the expectations of nearly everyone" with the "maximum pressure" campaign to denuclearize North Korea. The State Department's attempt to undermine the White House on Iran appears to be the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back.

"The current situation is a result of three-way (behind-the-scenes) talks among North Korea's United Front Department, South Korea's spy agency and the US' CIA", he said.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Trump wrote on Twitter, using a pejorative nickname for Kim.

During the Obama administration, the US and other major powers struck the deal in which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

Known for his blunt-talking style, Pompeo has already been confirmed by the Senate for his current role at the Central Intelligence Agency, making it likely that he will be confirmed for the State Department role.

It is not unusual in the Trump administration for top officials to learn from others that they have been fired.

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