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Washington - Trump Ousts Tillerson From State Dept, Replaces Him With CIA Director

Published on: March 13, 2018 08:46 AM
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A combination photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 8, 2018, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2018 respectively.  REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstA combination photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 8, 2018, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., February 13, 2018 respectively.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

>Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, ousting the embattled top diplomat after a series of public rifts.

Trump announced the Cabinet shakeup on Twitter and said he had tapped the CIA’s deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

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Tillerson’s departure represents the biggest staff change in the Trump Cabinet so far and caps months of tensions between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive.

A senior White House official said Trump asked Tillerson to step down on Friday but did want not to announce it while he was on a trip to Africa.

The official said Trump works well with Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas who is seen as a loyalist within the administration, and wanted him in place before the U.S. president’s planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations.

U.S. stock index futures pared their gains and the dollar also trimmed gains versus the yen while extending losses versus the euro amid the news.

Trump and Tillerson, who had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state, have diverged on policy numerous times, including over North Korea and Russia. On Monday, Tillerson sharply criticized Russia over the poisonings in England of a former spy and his daughter, directly blaming Moscow after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stopped short of doing so.

Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea’s leader and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Trump said on Twitter.



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 Mar 13, 2018 at 08:57 AM Hashomer is Himmler Says:

Waiting for. hashomer's apoplexy in 3...2...1.

Trump is still President. Waddya know?

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 09:29 AM hashomer Says:

Reply to #1  
Hashomer is Himmler Says:

Waiting for. hashomer's apoplexy in 3...2...1.

Trump is still President. Waddya know?

To Rasha no. 1 your use of term 'himmler' indicates your affinity and comfort with the nazis. You are a known russian troll usually posting as 'anonymous' and are unable to refute any posts but weakly try to defend your New Fuhrer.
So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED? TILLIE THE EXxOn corporate swampf rat is GONE. Another one bites the dust.LOL trollniki.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 09:30 AM Butterfly Says:

Not the best of choices.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 09:46 AM Hashoner is Himmler is Goebels Says:

Hail Victory...Your Lying, Adulterous, Unstable, Pu--y Grabbing President is still your Fuhrer.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:04 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
Hashomer is Himmler Says:

Waiting for. hashomer's apoplexy in 3...2...1.

Trump is still President. Waddya know?

Any Jew who can refer to another Jew as Himmler for any reason and especially over a difference in political views, needs to be DNA tested before being counted as the tenth man.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

ooooh , mr. president, can I be secretary of state for a day? puleeze, puleeze

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

To Rasha no. 1 your use of term 'himmler' indicates your affinity and comfort with the nazis. You are a known russian troll usually posting as 'anonymous' and are unable to refute any posts but weakly try to defend your New Fuhrer.
So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED? TILLIE THE EXxOn corporate swampf rat is GONE. Another one bites the dust.LOL trollniki.

how is Trump a fuhrer?
it was the obamanation who gave irans fuhrer billions of dollars to fund the murder of Jews in Israel and you supported him feh

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 11:29 AM Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

To Rasha no. 1 your use of term 'himmler' indicates your affinity and comfort with the nazis. You are a known russian troll usually posting as 'anonymous' and are unable to refute any posts but weakly try to defend your New Fuhrer.
So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED? TILLIE THE EXxOn corporate swampf rat is GONE. Another one bites the dust.LOL trollniki.

"So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED?" In 1800, President John Adams asked his secretary of state, Timothy Pickering, to resign. When Pickering resigned, Adams fired him.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 11:37 AM Yanki Says:

I can't get it why anyone would get a job with this president (I am still a Trump fan).
It's almost a given, that a half year or a year in the job, you will be ridiculed or thrown out. So why the bother...

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 01:29 PM Hashomer is Himmler Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

To Rasha no. 1 your use of term 'himmler' indicates your affinity and comfort with the nazis. You are a known russian troll usually posting as 'anonymous' and are unable to refute any posts but weakly try to defend your New Fuhrer.
So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED? TILLIE THE EXxOn corporate swampf rat is GONE. Another one bites the dust.LOL trollniki.

Now you know how people feel when you disparage the President with your despicable language.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 01:29 PM Butterfly Says:

This WH has a revolving door. Nobody lasts very long unless you kiss Pres. Trump's butt, pardon my English but that seems to be the way it is. No employer should expect that!! Including the President!! It is wrong!! Everybody in this country is entitled to his or her opinion!! Even if it might be wrong!!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 03:17 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #8  
Lawrence M. Reisman Says:

"So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED?" In 1800, President John Adams asked his secretary of state, Timothy Pickering, to resign. When Pickering resigned, Adams fired him.

Thank you Larry! LOL!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 04:23 PM Hashomer is Himmler Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

To Rasha no. 1 your use of term 'himmler' indicates your affinity and comfort with the nazis. You are a known russian troll usually posting as 'anonymous' and are unable to refute any posts but weakly try to defend your New Fuhrer.
So when was the last time a Sec of State was FIRED? TILLIE THE EXxOn corporate swampf rat is GONE. Another one bites the dust.LOL trollniki.

Just about every single word in your post is false. About me (you have no clue), about the president, and about Tillerson. I will continue to use this handle until you grow up and address the President of the United States with respect.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 05:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Butterfly Says:

This WH has a revolving door. Nobody lasts very long unless you kiss Pres. Trump's butt, pardon my English but that seems to be the way it is. No employer should expect that!! Including the President!! It is wrong!! Everybody in this country is entitled to his or her opinion!! Even if it might be wrong!!

totally agree

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 Mar 14, 2018 at 12:06 AM HeshyEmes Says:

Reply to #11  
Butterfly Says:

This WH has a revolving door. Nobody lasts very long unless you kiss Pres. Trump's butt, pardon my English but that seems to be the way it is. No employer should expect that!! Including the President!! It is wrong!! Everybody in this country is entitled to his or her opinion!! Even if it might be wrong!!

" Everybody in this country is entitled to his or her opinion!! Even if it might be wrong!! ”
Tillerson is certainly entitled to his opinion; but he served his Boss poorly, and was let go. All Cabinet members serve at the President's pleasure, and unless they carry out his wishes, are replaced. No President would allow the people he appointed to serve him to "have their own opinions" when they are supposed to do the President's bidding!

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