Sen. Menendez Dubs Trump 'Commander-in-Chaos' Following Tillerson Firing

State Tillerson arrives at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

It has not escaped comment that 14 hours after Tillerson criticized a Russian regime the White House nearly never calls out, he was summarily fired.

"(We found out from) Twitter.

As a diplomatic crisis in Qatar unfolded, Trump directly undermined Tillerson's calls for calm, expressing support for Saudi Arabia's economic and diplomatic blockade of the Gulf state, and accusing Qatar of funding terrorism. "I also hold Mike Pompeo in very high regard". He will do fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!

Trump's tweet Tuesday came the day after Tillerson blamed Russian Federation for an assassination of an ex-spy in London - something the White House had specifically declined to do just hours before.

In recent months, Haspel has been running the day-to-day operations at the agency, while Pompeo spent a lot of time at the White House, according to former and current CIA officials with knowledge of the matter and a former White House official.

"This is going to reopen wounds from a decade and more ago, and also invite more oversight of both our analyses and our activities, especially if Gina is confirmed", said one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

On the immediate agenda are a banking bill, a bill to fight sex trafficking and a proposal to avert a government shutdown ahead of a deadline next week. In a subsequent press conference, the president said they "got along actually quite well".

The White House wasn't immediately available for comment.

"Spectacular choice. He'll be brilliant", David Kensinger, Brownback's former chief of staff, said in a text message shortly after Pompeo's nomination was announced.

Gina Haspel's colleagues describe her as a seasoned veteran who would lead the Central Intelligence Agency with integrity.

Trump was asked about his decision during a brief news conference.

"Mike Pompeo is an outstanding selection as our next Secretary of State".

Some climate advocates said, however, they hoped the long slate of issues facing the State Department now - from North Korea's nuclear agenda to intensifying trade disputes - would keep climate change low on Pompeo's list of priorities should he be confirmed by the Senate.

And at least one Democrat had something positive to say about Haspel's nomination so far.

"With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process", Trump said.

March 9, 2018 - Trump decides to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. We have had dinner together.

Whatever the reason, Mr. Pompeo tends to tread lightly on all matters Russian Federation, hates the Iran deal with the same passion as Mr. Trump, and displays greater fealty to the loyalty-obsessed President than Mr. Tillerson did.

"I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do that, but I'm confident that America will be able to have a free and fair election [and] that we will push back in a way that is sufficiently robust that the impact they have on our election won't be great", Pompeo told the BBC earlier this year. "I think it's going to go very well". "I certainly will never forget it". "To allow someone who had a direct hand in this illegal, immoral and counterproductive program is to willingly forget our nation's dark history with torture". There, he was told that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was open to discussions with the United States, and Trump, without hesitation, agreed.

There had been longstanding rumors throughout most of Tillerson's tenure of friction between Trump and his secretary of state, a former Exxon Mobile Corp. CEO. "The world needs selfless leaders like these ready to work with longstanding allies", Tillerson said.

In 2013, California Democratic Sen.

He added: "He has alienated the foreign service, no relationship with the foreign policy establishment, no relationship with Congress to speak of, and not well-liked with the media".

With Goldstein gone, the State Department has only one permanent undersecretary in place out of six.

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