Tillerson's Ouster: 'President Trump Is Losing Grownups in the Room' - Academic

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Menendez told reporters Tuesday that the State Department has lacked stability at a time when Trump's "bombast against diplomacy undermines the very essence of what our people can do overseas".

Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touched off a confirmation battle that will play out ahead of midterm elections, which determine party control of Congress.

For the hopeful, the transition rids the department of a former oil executive criticized for walling himself off from career diplomats, attempting to slash the department's budget and returning internal memos from subordinates with grades reflecting typos and other highly technical infractions.

Mr Trump publicly undercut Mr Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday when the former secretary of state's comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House. He now must face the Senate again and answer tough questions about his fitness for this position, establishing stability in the State Department and rebuilding our reputation overseas through diplomacy, not unsafe threats. "That's a good start". Whatever his faults - and Rex Tillerson had many domestic critics for undermining USA diplomacy by accepting huge cuts to the State Department's budget - this casual flick-off looks like boorish and ungracious treatment of a man who had served his country as best he could and who had steadied the ship of state at a time of great uncertainty.

On Nov. 18, 2016, Trump nominated Pompeo to lead the CIA, and was sworn in as head of the agency in January, 2017.

Tillerson was also thought to have made a major concession to China when he publicly repeated Beijing's rhetoric about the Sino-US relationship during his first trip to the country. "Now they may get better management but worse policy".

Trump and Tillerson were portrayed in the media as having "a lot of problems" and not seeing "eye to eye on a whole host of issues", the expert noted. When you look at the Iran deal; I think it's awful, I guess he thought it was OK.

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Trump - who bluntly informed Tillerson in a tweet a year ago that he was "wasting his time" operating back channels to Pyongyang - had a different view, and one apparently shared by Pompeo. This State Department mandate was essentially delegated to the Pentagon or Trump's inner circle, most notably his son-in-law Jared Kushner who has been the conduit to Trump for foreign leaders instead of Tillerson.

Now they're out, and there will be even fewer people around Trump prepared to restrain him, or even give him an alternative way of approaching an issue. The blanket statement drew condemnation from Muslim American organizations that viewed the remark as a form of guilt by association.

This was one of the key differences Trump cited in explaining Tillerson's dismissal.

Is there a possible link between Tillerson's tour of Africa and his being sacked by Trump?

Mr Trump offered no explanation for the change.

That's especially true when the top item on the White House foreign policy to-do list is trying to defuse the ticking time bomb that is North Korea. He has earned the trust of the career officers at the Central Intelligence Agency, and I am certain he will be an excellent Secretary of State.