Trump's choice of Pompeo could boost negotiations with NK

Randolph Lopez
March 15, 2018

Trump's decision to fire Rex Tillerson as secretary of state is the latest shake-up to rock the administration, which has seen an unprecedented number of top officials ousted over the a year ago.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel could face a tough confirmation battle after a number of lawmakers raised questions on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) about her past involvement in torture of detainees.

The State Department was unaware of the reasons for Tillerson's firing, an official there said Tuesday morning. He might indeed make a fine secretary of State - that is assuming he chooses to exhibit more spine than his predecessor and actually restore and replenish the diplomatic foot soldiers that this nation depends on to carry out the mission around the world.

"Pompeo is a supporter of Trump's trade policy and could help advance his agenda of imposing it on United States trading partners ... all this uncertainty and risk aversion leaves gold as a safe haven option", Gan added.

"I think on (the) one hand you can say it's not a good sign in terms of diplomacy, just because Pompeo seems a little bit more hard on North Korea than Tillerson", Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the same forum. His attempts to reach out diplomatically to North Korea earned him a public scolding from Trump. For the better part of a year, that put Mr. Trump in the position of having to overcome their unified advice, which also was sometimes aligned with the White House national security adviser, H.

China had issues with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson but the country would likely prefer him to CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

On "The Late Show", Stephen Colbert made fun of the news in his show's opening monologue by highlighting the ending line of Trump's now infamous tweet, "Congratulations to all".

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Mr Trump offered no explanation for the change.

Tillerson, who was travelling to Africa, had to return in midway citing "the demands of work and the need to be in Washington for in-person meetings".

Since Trump took office in 2017 as many as 35 senior officials from his administration have walked out, including Tillerson, according to Citi.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. The deal gives Iran relief from certain global economic sanctions in exchange for suspension of its outlaw nuclear program. "And then we will continue to have discussions about how to achieve that denuclearization". James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was the first; Rex Tillerson is the latest. And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development.

Trump's impulsive decision to accept an invitation to meet Kim Jong Un by May raises the stakes there dramatically.

Not everyone is convinced Pompeo will be better for the State Department or US diplomacy than Tillerson.

Trump acknowledged this as an issue Wednesday when he tweeted to blame opposition lawmakers for blocking his picks.

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