Tillerson's departure caps months of tensions between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive. An NBC report claimed that Tillerson had described the president as a "moron", and with Trump responded by inviting Tillerson to an IQ test.
Tillerson shared that Trump had fired him personally on the phone at noon today, hours after Trump had publicly fired him using social media.
Even if the nuclear deal survives on European life support, Iran can clearly see that the pragmatists in the administration advocating a more balanced approach to the JCPOA are on the decline while hawks like Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley are on the rise. "Gina is a very competent professional who I think deserves the chance to take the seat", he said.
"We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things", he said in an impromptu news conference on the White House lawn. "When you look at the Iran deal, I think it's awful, I guess he thought it's okay". And he felt a little bit differently.
"The secretary will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship", he added, in a nod to Tillerson's close working relationship with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
Trump's frayed relationship with Tillerson has been well-documented.
Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program; the terms under which global inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear program start to expire after 10 years.
As CIA director, Pompeo has followed Trump's lead in declining to directly accuse Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and withholding direct allegations of recent chemical weapons use in Syria.
"It's important that the U.S. maintains its seat at the table about how to address the threat of climate change, which does require a global response", the former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil had said during his confirmation hearings.
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While many news outlets have called Haspel a "seasoned intelligence professional" with 30 years of experience at the CIA across the world, "many of the rest of us called her 'Bloody Gina, ' and we kept our distance", John Kiriakou wrote in a February 2017 report for Reader Supported News.
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. "And I won't let any director forget it". "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump". We'll see. Secretary of state is a whole different leaning.
Williams said Tillerson was simply ineffective in his role because he didn't always reflect Trump's views.
In a speech at the state department later, a visibly emotional Mr Tillerson said his tenure would end on March 31st.
The White House fired a top State Department official after he contradicted the White House's account of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's ouster on Tuesday.
"I'm not sure how strong a force Tillerson was on the question of the Iran deal so the underlying assumption that Tillerson is keeping Trump in the Iran deal, I'm not sure that's the real story", Murphy told Al-Monitor. "I made that decision by myself".
Dr. Victoria Williams, a political science professor at Alvernia, said the string of administration departures from the Trump White House is "a very odd situation", adding that the 35 percent turnover rate in Trump's Cabinet during his first two years in office is far higher than any recent administration.
Then, Tillerson called Trump an (expletive) moron over the summer and nearly resigned. Trump contradicted Tillerson's efforts a day later. These two subjects - Ukraine and Syria - have dominated Mr Tillerson's rhetoric on Russian Federation during his tenure as secretary of state.
Trump has blasted the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program and a landmark achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama - as the "worst deal ever negotiated".
Lawmakers from both major parties have criticised those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.