Rex Tillerson reportedly discovered he was fired from Trump's Tweet

Gina Haspel black ops veteran nominated to lead CIA

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel will succeed him, also following Senate confirmation.

In the immediate term, as foreign diplomats sift through Pompeo's pronouncements reflecting hostility to the Iran nuclear deal, some equivocation about Russia's interference in the USA presidential election and a gimlet-eyed view of the North Korean threat, they say they aren't sure, at this point, who they should be reaching out to or speaking with, even as a series of important meetings loom.

The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning.

But after months of denying he meant to resign, Tillerson was ousted Tuesday just as he seemed to be hitting his diplomatic stride.

Trump was perceptive in his post-firing comments: "I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service".

Trump announced the changes in a morning Twitter post and later told reporters more about why he removed Tillerson.

Tillerson was said to have repeatedly complained about a perceived invasion of his territory by Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's bad, I guess he thought it's okay". I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently.

Langran agreed, saying Pompeo's hiring puts the State Department's work fighting for democracy, human rights and women's rights around the world at risk of eroding. He also spoke with the White House chief of staff John Kelly on a smooth and orderly transition.

Trump on Tuesday singled out the Iran nuclear deal as one of the main differences he had with Tillerson. This total does not even include the estimated wealth of Donald Trump (net worth: $3.1 billion). Tillerson was appointed to represent the United States and carry out President Trump's agenda.

"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process".

Mr Pompeo, a strong ally of Mr Trump who regularly delivers the daily intelligence briefings to the president, is a former Tea Party Republican.

Trump chose the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo there.

Haspel spent much of her 33-year CIA career in undercover assignments overseas and at CIA headquarters, including serving as the agency's top representative in London and as the acting head of its clandestine service in 2013. Before leaving the White House for California, Trump heaped more praise on Haspel: "Gina, by the way, who I know very well, who I've worked very closely with, will be the first woman director of the Central Intelligence Agency", he said.

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo. "To allow someone who had a direct hand in this illegal, immoral and counterproductive program is to willingly forget our nation's dark history with torture". "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump. We will see what happens next". But what may have done him in was a fatal disconnect over what Trump saw as Tillerson's conventional approach to policy matters.

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Tillerson had a tumultuous tenure at the State Department.

Combine Rex Tillerson's net worth with that of other Trump administration appointees such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (net worth estimated between $1 billion and $5 billion) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (net worth: $700 million to $2.9 billion), and the collective wealth of Trump's cabinet was once estimated as high as $14.5 billion.

According to a Japanese government source, Trump and Tillerson are said to have been at odds with each other over how to deal with North Korea.

"Tillerson's replacement by. Pompeo, who is known as a political partisan and an opponent of the Iran agreement, raises the prospect of the collapse of that deal, and increases the possibility that the administration might soon face not one, but two nuclear crises", he said.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office. Trump has also publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

"The current situation is a result of three-way (behind-the-scenes) talks among North Korea's United Front Department, South Korea's spy agency and the US' CIA", he said. For Tillerson, despite weekly lunches and frequent phone calls, Trump remained unpredictable and sometimes inscrutable.

He replaces Rex Tillerson as State Secretary.

Trump seemed to resent pressure to stay the course on such issues as China's trade practices, the war in Afghanistan and the Iran nuclear deal, those people said.

On Monday, Tillerson blamed Russia for the poisonings in England of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., issued a statement: "Secretary Tillerson served admirably in a very hard job and I have a great deal of respect for him".

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there. Where Trump proclaimed on August 21 that "our troops will fight to win", Tillerson laid out a much more modest agenda.

"I've talked to the president many, many times and I know Secretary Tillerson".

Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said his committe would continue its "positive relationship" with the CIA under her leadership. I guess he thought it was okay.

"I will now return to private life, private citizen, a proud American, proud of the opportunity I've had to serve my country".

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