Where Does Mike Pompeo Stand on the Issues? Too Close to Trump

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

Kelly had told Tillerson of his imminent firing on Friday, but was told by Tillerson to delay the decision until he returned back from his trip to Africa, according to a White House aide in Politico's report.

Pompeo repeatedly downplayed Russia's interference in the USA election, saying in a television interview Sunday that Moscow had merely "attempted" to do so.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who also served during the Obama administration, praised Haspel and said that she "deserves the chance to take the helm" at the CIA.

"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.

However, a statement from Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, tweeted by ABC News' Conor Finnegan, contradicted Washington Post's version of the story.

"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 United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Imagine how low morale must be at State for careerists there to see their boss treated the way he was today by Trump, a figure many of them no doubt disdain, and feel obliged to quietly applaud the move anyway. He mentioned differences over how to handle the Iran-nuclear deal, which Trump wanted to withdraw from.

"For those Europeans (and Americans) who think Trump is not serious about walking away on May 12th if there's no agreement to fix the Iran nuke deal, I give you Exhibit A: his soon-to-be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo", he tweeted.

A State Department spokeswoman and former Fox and Friends co-host will replace a top aide to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who contradicted the official account of how Tillerson was sacked Tuesday. "However, my understanding is he doesn't want the deal to disappear", said a former senior USA official.

Senate Democrat Ron Wyden of OR, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced opposition to Haspel's nomination, as her past renders her "unsuitable" to run the agency.

On Monday, Tillerson blamed Russia for the poisonings in England of a former Russian double agent and his daughter. He wasn't even consulted before Trump accepted the offer to meet with Kim Jong Un. Pompeo drew from his own private sector experience in running the CIA by focusing on delegation at all levels to create more agility within the agency. He will do a fantastic job!

President Donald Trump's sacking of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could sound the death knell for the Iran nuclear deal and further strain USA ties with key European allies.

A career Central Intelligence Agency officer, Ms Haspel (61) is likely to face questions about her involvement with United States interrogation methods at an operation she ran in Thailand in 2002. "The next Secretary of State must take foreign interference in our elections seriously, fill key positions in the State Department, and use diplomatic efforts to advance our national security and keep our country safe".

Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson, who had no diplomatic or political experience before becoming secretary of state, have diverged on policy numerous times, including over North Korea and Russian Federation.

In the conversation he repeatedly claimed he would fire "everyone" in the White House, in a bid to oust leakers.

Then there was the flap over Tillerson allegedly calling Trump a "moron". I guess he thought it was OK. It is - for what it says about Trump.

"It's a surprise, but Japan-U.S. ties won't be shaken".

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticized those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.

We live in a politically incorrect age, so let's be blunt: Tillerson was an terrible, incompetent secretary of state. "President Trump's actions show that every official in his Administration is at the mercy of his personal whims and his worship of Putin". "I made the North Korea decision with consultation from many people, but I made that decision by myself".

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