Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Donald Trump is silencing those who might restrain him

Incoming CIA director Gina Haspel delivers remarks at the 2017 William J. Donovan Award Dinner in Washington DC Donald Trump is silencing those who might restrain him
Bennie Garza | 14 March, 2018, 13:14

On Tuesday morning, Trump announced in a tweet that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and that Deputy Director Gina Haspel will take Pompeo's job.

According to CNN, Goldstein said Tillerson had been officially notified of his dismissal via a presidential tweet Tuesday, while the White House said he was notified on Friday. In a statement released by the presidential transition, Trump says Tillerson's career "is the embodiment of the American dream" and his "tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State". The fact that he represented moderate positions and sometimes contradicted the president - for example, when it came to North Korea and Iran - repeatedly angered Trump.

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.

As Trump becomes more confident in his foreign policy, he has come to realize that the USA diplomatic apparatus was holding him back in some ways, Carafano said. But the tensions peaked last fall amid reports Tillerson had called Trump a "moron" and considered resigning. He is one of the most risky Trump appointees yet and will lead US foreign policy down the same dark, bigoted path of Donald Trump's Twitter feed.

They are aligned on most issues.

On Monday, the day before he was sacked, Tillerson said the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain "clearly came from Russia" and "will trigger a response".

"We have folks that will stare at a problem for a long time, and he will provide insights thinking about things in a way that we haven't, and sends us back to the drawing board to do better, just in the way good leaders do in an organization", Pompeo said.

Trump said Pompeo "has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernising our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the worldwide intelligence community".

Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process". Remplacing him at the Central Intelligence Agency ((overlaid with pix of Haspel)) will be Gina Haspel, she will be controversial because of her role in early 2000s in potential "black sites" and torture. Earlier at the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders had refrained from saying Moscow was responsible.

If confirmed by the US Senate after an April committee hearing, Pompeo will be taking over a State Department shaken by the departures of many senior diplomats and embittered by proposed budget cuts. Trump had also previously criticized Tillerson's negotiating skills on Twitter.

Tillerson's exit had been rumored for some time, given his repeated disagreements with Trump on foreign policy. More recently, reports indicated that Tillerson was shocked to hear about Trump's planned meetings with North Korea.

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