Why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired now and what it means for North Korea talks

  1. WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired via Twitter after returning from an Africa trip during which he was out of the loop on North Korean talks and contradicted the White House position on Russia's responsibility for poisoning a former double agent in the United Kingdom...

    ... He reassured NATO allies that the United States remained committed to the alliance after the president threatened to pull out over "dues" that Trump said were owed directly to the United States. (They weren't.)
    He engaged with North Korea despite the president's protests - again via Twitter - that he was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."

    And he tried to salvage the Iran nuclear deal through a European-brokered fix to the Obama-era agreement rather than having Trump scuttle the deal completely.
    In explaining his break with Tillerson on Tuesday, Trump specifically cited those differences over the Iran deal: "I think it's terrible. I guess he feels it was OK."..
    Tillerson's firing ends his out-of-step time with Trump at State
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  3. by   herring_RN
    Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo
    Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo - The New York Times
  4. by   herring_RN
    Who Is Gina Haspel, President Trump's Pick for CIA Director?
    Gina Haspel would be the first female CIA director...

    ... she has worked at the CIA since 1985. She has held numerous leadership positions in the CIA and spent much of her career undercover, the New York Times reports, and was deeply involved in the agency's controversial torture program.

    In 2002, she ran the agency's black site prison in Thailand, where she oversaw the waterboarding of detainees. The tapes of those encounters were destroyed in 2005, with Haspel's name linked to the order to get rid of them...

    ... Haspel's role in the interrogation program caused controversy on the Hill in the past, but she is well-regarded within the agency and praised by many of her intelligence colleagues.

    James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama, said in 2017 he was "very pleased" with the pick of Gina Haspel to be deputy and that she is "widely and deeply respected by the workforce." Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said she was a "wonderful" choice for deputy and complimented her "dignity, professionalism and honor."...
    Gina Haspel Is Trump'''s New CIA Director Nominee. Who Is She? | Time
  5. by   BCgradnurse
    Remember, Trump surrounds himself with the "very best" people. This whole administration is a joke.
  6. by   elkpark
    Quote from herring_RN
    Who Is Gina Haspel, President Trump's Pick for CIA Director?
    Gina Haspel would be the first female CIA director...

    ... she has worked at the CIA since 1985. She has held numerous leadership positions in the CIA and spent much of her career undercover, the New York Times reports, and was deeply involved in the agency's controversial torture program.

    In 2002, she ran the agency's black site prison in Thailand, where she oversaw the waterboarding of detainees. The tapes of those encounters were destroyed in 2005, with Haspel's name linked to the order to get rid of them...

    ... Haspel's role in the interrogation program caused controversy on the Hill in the past, but she is well-regarded within the agency and praised by many of her intelligence colleagues.

    James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama, said in 2017 he was "very pleased" with the pick of Gina Haspel to be deputy and that she is "widely and deeply respected by the workforce." Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said she was a "wonderful" choice for deputy and complimented her "dignity, professionalism and honor."...
    Gina Haspel Is Trump'''s New CIA Director Nominee. Who Is She? | Time
    McCain: Trump’s CIA pick was involved in ‘one of the darkest chapters in American history’ | TheHill
  7. by   Lil Nel
    Rand Paul of KY is with John McCain in opposing Gina Haspel's nomination. Paul also announced his opposition to Tillerson's replacement.

    While I don't generally agree with Rand Paul, every once in a while, he makes a lot of sense. Every once in while!
  8. by   elkpark
    I'm surprised to learn that all the torturers weren't purged from the CIA a long time ago.
  9. by   Wannabenurseneko
    What it needs for North Korean talks is that we have to be afraid very afraid this is going to turn out bad .... I don't know how but ,something tells me it will . He's gonna find away to make things worse .

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