Rex Tillerson's exit hurts Iran deal, but not Korea talks

5 Things to Know About Gina Haspel

Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson [VIDEO], Secretary of State, for disagreeing with him.

Tillerson and Trump were often not on the same page, including disagreements over talks with North Korea, and Tillerson had been in favor of keeping, not scrapping, the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran. Of course, Trump's 2016 presidential campaign was marred by accusations that he sexually harassed and assaulted numerous women.

He states, "Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State".

The idea for the summit first came together around last September, not long after President Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea in response to its ongoing weapons testing.

"We were not really thinking the same", said Trump. Rex Tillerson never had it. Mike Pompeo already does, which may give him a better chance at succeeding where his predecessor failed.

"Would you define this White House as stable?" a reporter followed up.

Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, in a statement, made clear that Tillerson was caught off guard by his ouster. Notably, Tillerson was on a trip through Africa when Trump announced that he had accepted an invitation - conveyed through a South Korean delegation - to meet with North Korea's tyrant, Kim Jong Un. Goldstein said Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" he was sacked and "had had every intention of staying", feeling he was making progress on national security.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had developed a strong working relationship with Tillerson. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month. Meanwhile, Tillerson's aggressive budget cuts and an ill-conceived reorganization plan alienated potential allies in both the State Department and Congress.

"He must be asked whether he will put our nation's interests above loyalty oaths to the president's personal agenda", Pingree said in a prepared statement.

Tillerson was an early advocate for USA participation in talks with North Korea, though not at such a high level. And I've also spoken to White House Chief of Staff Kelly, to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead.

Critics said the move would sow more instability in the volatile Trump administration and marks the departure of another moderate who sought to emphasise the United States' strong ties to its allies amid Trump's criticism. "Abe and Trump have a close relationship, so it's no problem", a source close to Abe said.

Ms Bishop said Australia had been "working particularly hard to ensure that we have deep connections within the White House administration". Trump was slower to embrace that hard line, though he said after a Tuesday phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May that Russian Federation needed to provide "unambiguous answers" about the incident, adding that whoever was responsible should face consequences.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India grounds all Airbus A320Neo jets with faulty Pratt engine
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:50
The airlines have promised to accommodate the affected passengers in other aircraft but there will be a change in their schedule. Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Minnesota Vikings reach out to free agent QB Drew Brees
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:49
But Brees has yet to come to terms with the Saints, leaving the door open for the Vikings and other teams to reach out. Players can not be contacted directly until Wednesday, when the free agency signing period actually begins.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tag: Huawei Honor 7C Price
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:49
On the front, you'll find an 8-megapixel snapper and in spite of the lack of a secondary lens here, it does support Portrait Mode. Interestingly, the homegrown e-commerce retailer is also conducting a flash sale of the recently released Mi TVs at 12 PM.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Five killed in NYC chopper crash
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:49
The helicopter crashed into the East River off Manhattan on Sunday killing all five passengers on board, police have confirmed. It emerged Monday that cameraman Trevor had moved to NY for an internship at Business Insider last October.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Secretary of State Aborts Nigeria Trip, Returns to Washington
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:48
On his part, Mr Tillerson reaffirmed the support of the US for Nigeria to ensure the speedy recovery of the abducted girls. Mr Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

Equity Research Analyst's Stock Ratings: Tenneco Inc. (TEN), Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN)
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:48
Invesco Ltd invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC). 1,794 were accumulated by Checchi Cap Advisers. The Perella Weinberg Partners Capital Management Lp holds 148,196 shares with $2.55 million value, up from 128,653 last quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Business lobby chief calls for thorough probe into cronyism scandal
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:48
In the documents, references to Akie, whose role in a school project is suspected to have led to the reduced price, were deleted. However, traders seemed reluctant to continue pushing stocks higher amid a lack of major USA economic data on the day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Elizabeth Warren Insists She Isn't Running for President in 2020
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:47
But she's also been dogged by the allegation that she has claimed Native American ancestry to advance her academic career. It's a term that Warren has said she considers a racial slur.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Most On Crashed Plane From Bangladesh, Nepal
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:46
The ill-fated plane had the Nepali passengers, who had gone to Bangladesh to participate in a summit of tour and travels operator. He is asked to turn right, but immediately after that, the Flight 211 pilot says "Affirmative", that the runway is in sight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Go Inside Khloé Kardashian's Lavish Pink-Themed Baby Shower!
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:44
In the latest episode of KUWTK , we saw that Khloe got the sex of her baby checked to know that it was a baby girl. Khloe Kardashian captioned the above photo: "Had the most unbelievable baby shower - we felt so much love! ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jake Arrieta, Phillies Agree to Contract After 5 Years with Cubs
Mar 12, 2018 - 09:04
The name of Jake Arrieta alone will generate buzz and excitement in Philly, no doubt causing attendance to spike every-fifth-day. Philadelphia didn't overpay either as the deal is reported to be $25 million a year on average over three years.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Erdogan Slams NATO For Lack Of Support In Syria
Mar 12, 2018 - 09:04
He said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return. AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kane injury overshadows Tottenham win
Mar 12, 2018 - 09:02
Worse was to come for Spurs in the 29th minute when Kane drifted offside before meeting Christian Eriksen's right-wing cross. Until tomorrow or after tomorrow he make the scan we can not say nothing more ", said Pochettino.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arsene Wenger mocks Troy Deeney after penalty miss
Mar 12, 2018 - 09:01
In the first half, the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did. Shkodran Mustafi's early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital
Mar 11, 2018 - 01:32
The average cost of fertility treatment can be around $10,000 so the financial impact is expected to be significant. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM), as many as 6200 women froze their eggs in 2015.