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Marsha Scott
March 14, 2018

Corker said it isn't really a surprise that Tillerson and Trump butted heads, given Tillerson's role as a former corporate executive operating in a more orderly environment than a White House that Corker once described as an "adult day care center". "And that was a total mystery because the people at the State Department would work for the devil if he is advancing American interests, which Mr. Tillerson was".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Pompeo's tenure at the CIA helped prepare the former Republican congressman from California for the challenges he will face at the State Department if he is confirmed.

Separately, Steve Goldstein, the State Department undersecretary who has served as Tillerson's spokesperson, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and had been on the job for three months, was sacked by the White House after contradicting the official White House statement about Tillerson's departure.

Journalists travelling home from Africa with Mr Tillerson said there was "zero indication" he knew his departure was imminent, and state department officials confirmed to U.S. media that he had not spoken with Mr Trump before the announcement. Hours after the first dismissal, Mr. Steve Goldstein was called up by the White House and told his services were no longer needed. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told reporters Tuesday, adding that he hopes the Senate will act swiftly to confirm Pompeo to the role.

Before leaving on a trip to California, Trump spoke openly of their differences - singling out the Iran nuclear deal - as he explained the rationale for the latest departure from his chaotic White House.

After firing Tillerson, Trump reportedly told the United Kingdom he supported the push to press Russian Federation for answers over the poisoning.

"Abe and Trump have a close relationship, so it's no problem", a source close to Abe said.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

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"I really didn't discuss it very much with him, honestly", he said.

As for Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO whom Trump picked as his administration's top Cabinet official, the president said simply, "we disagreed on things".

March 8, 2018 - Tillerson says during a visit to Ethiopia that the U.S is not ready for direct talks with North Korea.

The president thanked Tillerson and announced his replacement on Twitter.

The tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning. He shares numerous president's opinions and has plenty of experience communicating with Trump thanks to his daily intelligence briefing.

Menendez also claims he is open to seeing how Pompeo's confirmation unfolds, but highlighted that secretary of state takes a very "different set of skills" than what is required of a Central Intelligence Agency director. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!"

It was in truth a relationship that was never going to last. He also praised Trump, saying, "His leadership has made America safer". They elected Trump. With Tillerson gone and Pompeo at State, McMaster will now have an ally at State who shares his belief that for Trump's warnings to North Korea to be credible, he must have well-developed and credible military options on the table.

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