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Trump says he'll select first woman to lead Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel Gina Haspel
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 18:45

The State Department said Tillerson only learned of his termination when he read Trump's tweet on Tuesday morning.

"We disagreed on things", Trump said moments later, a diplomatic version of a hard relationship with his top diplomat that included reports that Tillerson had called the president a moron in meetings with other officials.

Trump spoke Tuesday of his desire to break the deal, but notes that Tillerson "felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same". "With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process". The president plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

On Monday, Tillerson blamed Russia for the poisonings in England of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. McEntee was escorted out of the White House after he was sacked, reportedly for over an unspecified security issue.

When asked about whether he consulted Tillerson about accepting an invitation to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong, Trump said he didn't speak with him about the issue.

Mr Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Mr Trump's announcement. The sensitive diplomacy would be the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the USA and North Korea, which claims to have missiles capable of striking anywhere in the mainland U.S. S&P futures were last up 0.3 percent.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, if confirmed as the next secretary of state, would bring a number of assets to his new role as the top USA diplomat: the confidence of President Donald Trump, government experience and an insider's knowledge of Congress and the federal bureaucracy. He added, " want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

One woman, Meroe Park, technically served as acting Central Intelligence Agency director for three days before Pompeo took over in 2017, but Haspel would be the first director if the Senate confirms her appointment.

Mr Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Mr Trump took office in January 2017.

Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny claims he planned to quit, though he did not address a report that he had referred to his boss as a moron after a Pentagon meeting.

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In December, Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday.

Several months earlier in Beijing, Tillerson told reporters the United States was directly communicating with North Korea but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.

"Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!"

Michael Flynn Resigned in February as Trump's national security adviser after disclosures that he had discussed USA sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Schumer says with the firing of Tillerson, "instability of this administration in just about every area weakens America".

Lawmakers from both major parties have been strongly critical of cuts at the State Department and of the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.

Gary Cohn The director of the National Economic Council and former Goldman Sachs Group Inc president said on March 5 he will resign in a few weeks.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary at the time, sought to portray a more harmonious dynamic, saying that "the secretary is having an ongoing and productive exchange with the president and his team".

"She was the acting director for operations when I arrived, and she has a wealth of experience and background, and she has more than three decades experience overseas as well as at headquarters, ' said Brennan, saying she enjoyed 'tremendous respect" in the agency.