Tokyo bids farewell to "trustworthy" Tillerson, Seoul awaits seasoned Pompeo

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Tillerson, for his part, told reporters at a briefing yesterday he had received a call from the president shortly after noon, hours after Trump had taken to Twitter to announce that Pompeo would lead the State Department.

The dialogue involves External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.

There had been longstanding rumours throughout most of Mr Tillerson's tenure of friction between Mr Trump and his secretary of state, a former Exxon Mobile Corp chief executive officer.

Besides the cut of budget and personnel recruitment in the State Department, veteran diplomats also accused Tillerson of communicating insufficiently with them. South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha chose to go ahead with a planned trip to Washington to discuss North Korea despite Tillerson's departure, the ministry said in a text message.

A high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defense Secretary G Mohan Kumar were scheduled to be in USA for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue.

Rex Tillerson's firing comes as the USA secretary of state ended an African tour focused on security. Trump told reporters outside the White House that he and Pompeo "have a similar thought process". Tillerson and other national security advisers urged the president to move carefully in overturning the deal, arguing that despite Iran's other transgressions, the nuclear agreement is working.

Several officials described Pompeo as accomplished, smart and someone who has developed a relationship with the President, which is not seen as an easy thing to do.

The first eruption of tensions with Trump came a year ago when Trump balked at condemning neo-Nazis and far-right extremists who had led a violent rally in Virginia in August.

"We appreciated Mr. Tillerson's efforts to promote the development of Sino-US relations", Lu said, adding "we hope that Mr. Tillerson will continue to care for and support the development of Sino-US relations in the future".


"He is aligned more on numerous President's views and will likely assist in strengthening ties with Congress", he said. Trump said there was no reason to consult him because no matter what the group decided, Tillerson would be against it, the official said. "I know I will learn from them".

Goldstein said Tillerson was officially notified he'd been fired from a tweet from President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, and in a statement, said Tillerson had "every intention of remaining".

His economic nationalism became the lynchpin of Trump policies, even as many of his other ideas were rebuffed by policy rivals.

On Tuesday night, Seth Meyers had some fun at the expense of outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Micheal Flynn, National Security Advisor resigned in February after his disclosure that he had discussed USA sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to United States before Trump took office.

Tillerson had emerged as a vocal critic on Russian Federation - for its role in the annexation of Crimea, support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and alleged meddling in the US election. He specifically mentioned the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreement.

He also said he is excited to see the first female nominee to be the head of the Central Intelligence Agency. Between 2003 and 2005, she oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded, current and former USA intelligence officials said.

"I do not expect an emergence of true diplomacy and may in fact result in a more tense geopolitical environment to include further alienation of many traditional allies", Washington's Eurasia Center Vice President Earl Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

The Trump approach has been one of uncertainty and unpredictability and certainly we will see a little bit of the same in Pompeo taking over State Department. But over time, many lawmakers grew to appreciate Tillerson as a relatively steady hand in the chaotic Trump administration. "I'm very aware of the relationship", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican. "I think the president realizes the experiment has failed and it's time to push forward in the direction that he's always wanted".

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