Trump replaces Tillerson with Pompeo in dramatic shakeup

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 13 President Donald Trump holds a meeting with members of his cabinet including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Cabinet Room of the White House

Tillerson's State Department, however, issued a statement asserting that the secretary "had every intention of remaining" in the role prior to being fired, had not spoken to the president about it, and was "unaware of the reason".

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State", Trump tweeted.

The president and Tillerson were reported to have disagreed on a number of key issues, including North Korea, moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the removal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and the Iran nuclear deal. Iran agreed before Trump took office to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions.

His harsh words came as President Donald Trump's critics regularly accuse his administration of failing to stand up to the Kremlin, especially over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things". Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!" He mentioned that after his 2:30 a.m. call with Trump on Friday about North Korea, the next night he "got another call at 2:30 that woke me up", but declined to say what that call was about.

"The tension in their relationship has been visible for months", former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley told IJR.

The White House called Goldstein to tell him that he is no longer needed.

But the White House distanced itself from those remarks, and a few days later, Mr Tillerson himself backed off. "It's disappointing that the president has made a habit of firing the nation's highest-ranking officials in the most demoralizing ways possible - causing unnecessary chaos, demonstrating his poor leadership, and sending the message that no one is truly a respected member of his administration".

While the White House had confirmed that the President would meet with Kim Jong Un, reports Monday had Tillerson saying there was no direct confirmation of the meeting yet, an indication that Trump was not keeping the Secretary of State in the loop on progress with North Korea.

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The firing comes amid ongoing concerns related to Russian Federation and North Korea, two countries Tillerson cited when he addressed his firing in a statement streamed live on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumours of strain between them.

Pingree was critical of the way Trump fired Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, in a tweet and announced plans to replace him with Pompeo.

At the White House yesterday, Trump said the move had been considered for "a long time". So far, Trump has kept the the deal despite his misgivings.

This is not the first Trump firing to be carried out in such public fashion.

German officials have expressed concern at the departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The reasoning behind the staffing shakeup breaks with Trump's comments made less than a week ago with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in which he indicated openness for disagreements in the West Wing.

The position, however, needs to be confirmed by the US Senate. With Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. When Trump ultimately accepted Kim's invitation for a meeting, Tillerson was in Ethiopia, though he said he spoke with Trump about it shortly before it was announced.

Tillerson's nomination as head of the State Department passed a Senate panel by a 11-10 party line vote January 23.

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