Rex Tillerson's exit hurts Iran deal, but not Korea talks

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 13 President Donald Trump holds a meeting with members of his cabinet including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Cabinet Room of the White House

"Rex Tillerson's short tenure as secretary of state was marked by the departure of experienced professionals and low morale; however, he was a grown-up in the president's Cabinet and one of the few voices in the Trump administration taking a hard line with Russia", Pingree said in her statement. 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.

"The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations", said a senior White House official Tuesday.

He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in the post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron". Trump wrote in his announcement.

Tillerson's sacking comes shortly after Trump, without consulting his top diplomat, made a decision to accept an invitation to talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un on resolving the Korean nuclear stand-off.

Alarmed by the increasingly bellicose rhetoric on both sides, Freeland and Tillerson started discussing plans for an worldwide gathering to demonstrate support for diplomacy.

Trump's position: Last June, Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement. But over time, Tillerson found himself frozen out and in disagreement with the man who mattered most, Trump. In his announcement pulling out of the deal previous year, Trump said it was "very unfair at the highest level to the United States". Pompeo will likely have to wait until April to be confirmed as secretary of state, but is likely to begin on the extensive preparations required ahead of the summit. That stance was echoed on Tuesday by the USA general who heads the US military command responsible for the Middle East and Central Asia. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration". Tillerson, the White House said, asked that Trump wait until he returned to the US, and he shortened his trip to Africa - where much of his mission revolved around softening the impact of Trump's recent reported criticisms.

Trump's position: Trump has questioned news reports and the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, calling the information "fake news" and a "hoax". "Really, it was a different mind-set, a different thinking". "Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!"

Tillerson also noted that while his last official day in State will be March 31, he will delegate his duties at the end of Tuesday to Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.

"Pompeo may be more effective at running State than his predecessor, but he is not prepared to manage the regional or global policy coordination needed to help the summit with Kim succeed", he said.

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