Tillerson in Farewell Address Urges More Action to Counter Russia

Tillerson in Farewell Address Urges More Action to Counter Russia

"We want to make it perfecto", he said.

Mike Pompeo now awaits confirmation from the Senate. Even Democrats who voted for Pompeo's confirmation to lead the Central Intelligence Agency a year ago now say they have concerns.

Addressing reporters, Mr. Trump told reporters that his decision was guided due to chemistry with Pompeo. While Trump said he believes the Iran deal is "terrible", he said Tillerson that it "was okay".

"To my foreign service officers, and civil service colleagues, we all took the same oath of office, whether you are career, employee or a political appointee, we are all bound by that common commitment", he said.

A former Kansas Congressman could be the next head of the State Department. Others include strategist Steve Bannon, national security adviser Michael Flynn, FBI Director James Comey, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, health secretary Tom Price, communications directors Hope Hicks and Anthony Scaramucci, economic adviser Gary Cohn and press secretary Sean Spicer.

Like Tillerson, Goldstein was later sacked after issuing the statement, which is at odds with the official White House narrative.

"It was clear on Friday", one of the two officials said.

After months of a rocky relationship, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - he of calling-a-certain-someone-moron fame - was sacked Tuesday by President Trump via Twitter (because obviously).

Tillerson's final departure date has yet to be determined, the officials said.

Tillerson announced he was delegating all his responsibilities to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan effective at the end of the day Tuesday and that his commission as secretary of state would terminate at midnight March 31.


As a result, he said he "was up most of that night".

Tillerson had also encouraged Trump to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and tried to change the president's mind on leaving the Paris climate agreement.

Pompeo would need to be confirmed by the Senate. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), while praising Tillerson's likely replacement Pompeo, voiced concerns about the morning's upheaval.

Trump announced his decision on Twitter.

"He found out that he was terminated today", Goldstein said.

A former Exxon executive, Tillerson has had business dealings with Russian Federation, a source of some controversy when Trump nominated him to head the State Department. He has also criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and potential ties to his campaign.

In return, Trump on numerous occasions publicly undermined his top diplomat, including in October when he tweeted Tillerson was "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Last year, Tillerson said the United States should talk with North Korea, which Trump quickly shot down.

Addressing the media for possibly his final time in the post, Tillerson told reporters he received a call from Trump shortly after noon.

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