By Richard Sokolsky | POLITICO | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
It’s done. The inevitable has now happened. A secretary of state who was never particularly liked nor trusted by the president has now been unceremoniously fired – the first such removal of a secretary of state in the modern history of the United States. It may be that the thin-skinned Donald Trump decided to can Rex Tillerson after he reportedly called the president “a fucking moron” last year, and...
By | Reuters | 1 week 2 days ago | Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge were a key factor in President Donald Trump's decision to replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state, according to sources familiar with the internal deliberations.
By Caleb Ecarma | Mediaite | 1 week 2 days ago | Politics
Washington Post columnist Max Boot penned a brutal post-State Department obituary for Rex Tillerson , calling the ousted secretary of state the “worst” person to hold that position since 1898. Tillerson, who was removed from his position in a messy ouster that still hasn’t really been explained, lost his post amid yet another major White House shake-up under President Donald Trump . While...
By | NPR | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
Rachel Martin talks to Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine about the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement Mike Pompeo, who needs Senate confirmation.
By | HuffPost | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
"Back in the day..."
By Howard Kurtz | FOX News | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
On the last day of November, the New York Times ran a story headlined "White House Plans Tillerson Ouster From State Dept., to Be Replaced by Pompeo."
By Carlos Garcia | The Blaze | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
A.B. Stoddard, the associate editor of Real Clear Politics, said that it was a “really dark day” for the country because of the way President Trump fired Rex Tillerson from the State Department in such a humiliating way. Here’s what she said “Apart from Pompeo and Haspel and people who are going to take these positions,” Stoddard said, “how little Rex Tillerson we miss at the State Department,...
By Phillip Carter | Slate | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
Former congressman and CIA Director Mike Pompeo has a bio that sparkles even in Washington: top of his class at West Point, five years of Army service, Harvard Law, success in business, and now politics. In Donald Trump’s Washington, Pompeo has added perhaps the most important laurel of all: trusted lieutenant to the president. By providing the president regular deskside briefings, “ killer graphics...
By Elaine Godfrey | The Atlantic | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
Today in 5 Lines President Trump announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and named Gina Haspel to head the intelligence agency. A State Department statement contradicted the White House's account of Tillerson's dismissal . The statement , attributed to Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein, said Tillerson...
By Robert Mackey | The Intercept | 1 week 3 days ago | Politics
Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet on Tuesday, just hours after America’s top diplomat seemed to break with the White House by telling reporters that the nerve agent used in an attack in Britain “came from Russia.” The inner workings of Trump’s White House are far from transparent, and the timing of Tillerson’s sudden ouster might have been prompted by other factors — like...