Alaska delegation reacts to surprise firing of Sec. Rex Tillerson

Donald Trump sacks Rex Tillerson

As they prepared for a new leader, diplomats and civil servants at the State Department expressed relief and trepidation on Wednesday after the stunning firing of Rex Tillerson, whose tenure as secretary of state was one of the most contentious in recent memory.

And the first female Director of the CIA, - Gina Haspel know that she is an officer of American intelligence.

"It starts with me having breakfast every week with Secretary of State Tillerson", Mattis said during the January 19 speech. So we didn't have an assistant secretary of state for Africa, and the people in the key roles will determine the direction of the policy.

"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.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming told reporters the Senate needs to do a "quick confirmation" process for Pompeo or risk further delays in filling the administration's already hefty vacancies. He at least hasn't been the disaster I thought he would be, though.

Tillerson has often been at odds with his boss in the White House, whether on Russia, Iran, or North Korea.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta greets the visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at State House in Nairobi on Friday.

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".

As Abe's government has been one of the biggest supporters of Trump's policy of piling "maximum pressure" on North Korea, the prime minister "must be appreciating the personnel change", he said. Lindsey Graham, an establishment Republican and initial Tillerson backer, said Tuesday, after Trump announced via tweet that Pompeo would replace Tillerson.

"I don't think we need more fire and fury in the secretary of state's office", Kaine said.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who remains in Arizona, noted that Pompeo committed to not allowing the Central Intelligence Agency to return to the use of certain harsh interrogation practices. Despite that, Tillerson reportedly wanted to stay in the job, even up until the point that he found out through Twitter Tuesday that he had been fired. And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development. And I do think Pompeo will continue that view that there is more that the USA needs to do in order to be able to compete with China in the African market. Trump was also challenged by most of his cabinet on his rash decision to meet Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo is also a hawk's hawk. But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on numerous nation's most pressing national security matters.

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