Alaska delegation reacts to surprise firing of Sec. Rex Tillerson

Alaska delegation reacts to surprise firing of Sec. Rex Tillerson

The distinction is useful because the refugees represent, not the "deep state" of Trumpist fantasy, but those within the United States who favour continuity with past practice, stability in government, and a moderating influence on this mercurial president.

But Tillerson wasn't just a thorn in Trump's side.

Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service. Only Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin publicly defended him.

He was widely disliked inside his own agency.

State is also short dozens of ambassadors, many to countries with significant influence on US foreign policy.

"It just depends on how much delay for delay's sake we're going to see on the nominations".

But Pompeo also helped engineer a detente between Trump and the US intelligence agencies after the incoming president likened them to Nazis.

The Post's Anne Gearan explains what outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be remembered for and what to expect from the man nominated to be his successor, Mike Pompeo. Tillerson said he would return to private life as a private citizen.

While some opponents lambasted the former Kansas lawmaker for his posturing on a House panel that investigated Hillary Clinton and the 2012 Benghazi attack, some Democrats held out hope he could lead a State Department turnaround. "But a statement from a top State Department spokesman Tuesday indicated Tillerson had no advance warning of his termination beyond a heads-up that Trump would tweet something".

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"We're always on the same wavelength", Trump said of Pompeo, whose confirmation hearing is expected in April.

"The American people now deserve the same assurances from Gina Haspel, whose career with the agency has intersected with the program of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" on a number of occasions".

Paul could make the process hard particularly for Pompeo.

Mr Tillerson's dismissal follows a wave of departures and turmoil in Mr Trump's inner circle.

Given the fast-paced developments in Washington DC and Trump's focus on preparing his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before May, it is very well possible that the two-plus-two dialogue could be postponed for later this year, even if Pompeo is confirmed in the next few weeks, according to sources.

Pompeo is also a hawk's hawk. Tillerson has pushed Trump to remain and had been pursuing a delicate strategy with European allies and others to try to improve or augment the Obama-era deal to Trump's liking.

And, as Trump noted Tuesday, he and Pompeo have a "similar thought process" on the Iran deal, which Trump has threatened to abandon unless there are significant changes by May.

His replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a West Point and Harvard Law grad, is no intellectual slouch. From the Times: "Mr. Tillerson and Jim Mattis, the defense secretary, had run something of a tag team to keep the president in check, finding common ground on policies from the Middle East to East Asia before stepping into the Situation Room".

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