For all the reasons to be concerned about President Trump's nomination of current Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, experts on Tuesday warn that an increase risk of a US -initiated war with Iran should be at the top of the list. "Then if there was a transition after a Trump re-election to move up to Secretary of State, that might be more normal". In November 2016, when the president picked him to lead the CIA, The New York Times noted that some members of Trump's team chose him because another potential contender, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), was seen as too "soft" on the Benghazi issue.
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Trump specifically cited the Iran nuclear deal, which he wanted to pull the US out of against Tillerson's recommendations. Trump said in an early morning tweet that Pompeo, now the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, would succeed Tillerson and "do a fantastic job!"
Reacting to the news about Tillerson and another top State Department official fired Tuesday for contradicting the White House's version of events, Sen.
"I very much appreciate Secretary Tillerson's service to our nation as secretary of state". Goldstein, who is Jewish, served as under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs and was a top spokesman for Tillerson.
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The 2012 incident, they wrote, was "the story of a State Department seemingly more concerned with politics and Secretary Clinton's legacy than with protecting its people in Benghazi". Pompeo will likely be Trump's right-hand man if a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un happens. The White House stated that Tillerson had been informed of the president's decision last Friday, but Goldstein's dispute of that claim and the close proximity to Tillerson's firing to his Russian Federation remarks fuel speculation that his comments on Monday contributed to his termination.
Australia's embassy in Washington will contact the State Department to find an appropriate time for Ms Bishop to make contact with Mr Pompeo, ahead of his position being confirmed in April. His stance created another messaging problem for a White House that has often struggled to project a united front.
The decision ends a tumultuous tenure for Tillerson, who often seemed at odds with Trump or out of the loop altogether. "I think it's going to go very well".
Evans Revere, a former senior USA diplomat who dealt with North Korea under President George W Bush, said Trump's move sends "a bad signal about the role of diplomacy".
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