Tillerson sacking spells doom for Iran nuclear deal

Casey Dawson
March 14, 2018

Trump announced his decision on Twitter.

Trump selected CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

The President announced in a tweet that he had nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take up the role, saying the 54-year-old "will do a fantastic job".

Trump's choice of the Central Intelligence Agency director to replace Rex Tillerson means an Iran hawk who fiercely opposed the 2015 pact as a member of Congress will now be in charge of the us diplomacy trying to strengthen, and perhaps save, it.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Haspel would become the first woman to head the Central Intelligence Agency, after serving as deputy director since February 2017.

GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters Tuesday that he'd hoped the president's relationship with Tillerson had smoothed over, but the differences in working styles between the two individuals didn't make for the most symbiotic relationship.

"Firing the secretary of state with a tweet sends a unsafe message to America's allies and adversaries alike", Cicilline said.

Another suggested Mr Tillerson may follow the path of former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman and go for a stint on Celebrity Big Brother.

Tillerson and Trump have butted heads in the past, most notably when reports of Tillerson describing Trump as "a moron" broke in October. Tillerson never denied using the word.

The imposition of additional sanctions against Tehran could have implications for a number of multinational companies, including Boeing, which have rushed to tap the Iranian market since sanction relief was provided in 2015 under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran deal is known. Trump, the unidentified official said, wanted to have a new team in place ahead of such negotiations.

According to NBC News, Tillerson said late Monday night that the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom appeared to have "clearly" come from Russia, though whether it was done with the knowledge of the Russian government was not yet known.

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Gina Haspel, a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday to head the CIA, is a controversial figure, backed by many in the USA intelligence community but regarded warily by some in Congress for her involvement in the agency's "black site" detention facilities.

"We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things", Trump told reporters. "When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was awful, he thought it was okay".

"He felt a little bit differently".

Trump said Tuesday he made the change as part of preparing for his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a possible nuclear deal.

"As such, effective at the end of the day, I'm delegating all responsibilities of the office of the secretary to Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan", he said.

While Tillerson was sacked the day after accusing Putin of poisoning a United Kingdom spy, the New York Times had been reporting for months that Trump was planning to fire him.

European diplomats saw some chance Pompeo may have more influence over Trump than Tillerson, who antagonized the US president by reportedly calling him a "moron" and who differed with Trump on Iran and other issues.

If confirmed by the US Senate after an April committee hearing, Pompeo will be taking over a State Department shaken by the departures of many senior diplomats and embittered by proposed budget cuts.

But when Trump fired Tillerson Tuesday, that was also evidence the president was too weak on Russian Federation.

Mike Pompeo now awaits confirmation from the Senate.

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