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Trump Fires Rex Tillerson Over Iran Disagreement; Replaces Him With CIA Chief Mike Pompeo

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:15
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By Tyler Durden  /  ZeroHedge

Update 3:

President Trump tells reporters that he and Tillerson disagreed on Iran, that he made the North Korea decision himself and thinks Tillerson will be “much happier now.” Trump said “I wish Rex Tillerson well… I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man… We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things.

CNN✔@CNN

President Trump: “I wish Rex Tillerson well… I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man… We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things.” http://cnn.it/2GlZx61 

6:33 AM – Mar 13, 2018

Trump also said he and the man he’s nominating to replace Rex Tillerson think the same way.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has “tremendous energy, tremendous intellect,” Trump said. “We’re always on the same wavelength.”

“I am really at a point where we are getting close to having the cabinet and other things that I want,” Trump said.
Trump told reporters moments ago that he and Tillerson “got along,” but they disagreed on key issues, like the Iran nuclear deal.

CNN✔@CNN

President Trump commends Mike Pompeo, his choice to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state: “Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect, we’re always on the same wavelength” http://cnn.it/2FCVPUh 

6:40 AM – Mar 13, 2018

Meanwhile, according to Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy, said Rex Tillerson wanted to stay. “The Secretary had every intention of staying, because of critical progress made in national security,” Goldstein said. “He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers that he’s worked with throughout the world.”

The official added that Tillerson didn’t get to speak with President Trump and doesn’t know why. “The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason,” he said. “He is grateful for the opportunity to serve and believes public service is a noble calling. He wishes secretary-designate Pompeo well.”

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Update 2:

Confirming the WaPo’s reporting, a senior administration official told CNN that President Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday.“POTUS thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks and various trade negotiations. POTUS asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday.”

CNN also notes that president Trump has wanted Mike Pompeo as his secretary of state for months now, and the White House began planning for him to take this job last fall.

Trump’s anger at Tillerson after it leaked that he called him “a moron” never subsided, and many in the White House saw their differences as irreconcilable.

Tillerson had few, if any, allies left in the West Wing. Though Chief of Staff John Kelly was initially on his side when he took over, he eventually grew weary of defending him — especially after the “moron” remark, which Kelly saw as insubordination on Tillerson’s part.

Ultimately, according to sources close to the President “it was clear Tillerson didn’t support Trump.” They say Tillerson wanted to handle foreign policy his own way, without the President. Trump didn’t feel that Tillerson backed him, source says.

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Update 1:

  Mike Pompeo has issued the following brief statement sent to the press, saying he was “grateful” to have worked for the CIA.

“I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity.

Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of America and know that the Agency will continue to thrive under the leadership of Gina Haspel.

If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world’s finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President’s foreign policy. In my time as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom. I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that ‘our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.’”

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Earlier:

Back in December we asked “Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?” The answer, as of moments ago, is yes. Moments ago, the WaPo first reported, and then President Trump tweeted, that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, launching a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea.

Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

5:44 AM – Mar 13, 2018

Tillerson had learned his fate last Friday, according to the Washington Post, when Trump asked Tillerson to step aside, causing the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington, using illness as an alibi.

Mike Pompeo will replace the former Exxon CEO at the State Department, while Gina Hapsel — the deputy director at the CIA — will Pompeo at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

According to WaPo, the president — who has long clashed will Tillerson, who he believes is “too establishment” in his thinking — felt it was important to make the change now, as he prepares for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as upcoming trade negotiations, three White House officials said.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that the Tillerson’s announcement comes just hours after the now former Secretary of State said that Russia is “clearly” behind the Skripal poisoning which “will trigger a response“, something he said when he already knew he was on the way out, prompting some to ask if this was an outburst meant to provoke Trump: after all Tillerson had nothing to lose at this point.

In a statement issued to The Washington Post, Trump praised both Pompeo and Haspel.

“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”

The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”

Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: “Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”

“I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State,” Pompeo said in a statement. “His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity. Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life.”

Haspel in a statement also said she was excited for her promotion.

“After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year,” she said. “I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Finally, if it is Trump’s intention to keep crushing the dollar with every incremental announcement, he is succeeding.

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  • CUB4DK

    Oh-Boy now WE are going to have some real fun. I thought Mr. Trump was supposed to DRAIN the swamp. I think the WEASLE is starting to fill it back up again,,,lol I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles…her her…what a hoot.
    Take Care, Dr. Cannabis Rex

    • DangerWillRoberson

      14 months no arrests, hillary walks free to eat more kids in her spirit cooking practice! everyday trump fails to cut government by 90% and lets the Satanists slide on all the documented crimes in washington dc we move closer to civil war nuke war invasion and mass death!

      failure to act is worse than not taking action on the death state fallen angels who do control the minds of evil men! Q is not real its a few words on a sketchy web site on the internet of condoms dispensaries!

  • Anonymous

    Makes you wonder. Everybody says fluoride in water is from the deep state, New World Order, to make everybody sick vegetables. But everybody knows fluoride in toothpaste is a very good thing, proven I think it was over 50 years ago. Wasn’t it Crest toothpaste? Somebody said it was the greatest discovery the past 100 years. Unless you want your teeth to rot, something most of you can relate to, seeing you’re on BIN, you should use a fluoride toothpaste, and a t-o-o-t-h-b-r-u-s-h (thought you could use help with the spelling, look that up…). This is, of course, unless you think dentures isn’t a New World Order sort of thing. But the question is, if fluoride in water is New World Order, is fluoride in toothpaste Old World Order? If it’s Old World Order, why didn’t they have it in, say, in the good old days of the Roman Empire, or at just the peak of the American Indian slaughter, before the Illuminati took over everything in sight over, except for BIN? You have to ask yourself these things.

    Just an aside, John Rolls. That Tillerson thing has been everywhere else for quite awhile now. You get so slow with your journalism, that copy and paste sometimes! I hope you don’t announce the end of WWII or Vietnam. On second thought, you wouldn’t find news that old to copy and paste, since that was before the web, so maybe this isn’t likely. What you may find a helpful suggestion is to get up around 2 am or whatever, go to Zerohedge or Drudge, et al, do your copy and pasting earlier. Or, sometimes, just do it the same day? But, regardless that, we all need to take action, right away, on this Tillerson matter, with the other pressing affairs of the day. I have spent most of the day, thus far, preventing Putin or Trump from pushing the button, as well as putting an end to Washington corruption, don’t know if I can get around to Tillerson, or exposing the crisis actors in that Nepal air crash you guys have been too busy with memorizing super duper, Top Secret Q postings to get around to. It’s all exhausting, isn’t it?

    • TheComingDepression

      flouride creates cavitis you dolt

  • truck driver

    Iranians used to run the run down convenience stores in California

  • unidentified

    he lasted a year, that’s impre$$ive

  • raburgeson

    We have no business in Iran, they don’t like us. Then he put a spook in to replace? He should have left the slot empty. A complete waste of taxpayer money.

  • Pink Slime

    It is said that Tillerson referred to Donald as a “moron”. If that is true, I’m sorry you aren’t going to last that long when you call your BOSS a MORON.

    Because, if that is what you think of your BOSS, that is NOT acceptable to taking orders from him, then. You just don’t say those things about your BOSS.

    Unless he is a Negro sodomite, because you see, he’s not your boss, he was a usurper illegal to be up there so you can call him anything you want. :lol:

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