Sen. Brian Schatz: Dems Might Not Support Pompeo as Secretary of State

President Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with Mike Pompeo

The White House fired Goldstein later Tuesday.

Months of rumors that his job was on the chopping block did not soften a rough landing for Rex Tillerson as he flew home early from an official five-country tour of Africa. It seems likely that Ambassador Haley already understood what Pompeo is sure to discover: being the face of Trump's foreign policy is losing proposition.

Mr Trump publicly undercut Mr Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times, including on Monday (local time) when his comments about Russian Federation appeared to be at odds with those of the White House.

But Tillerson's relationship with the White House has always been rocky.

Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying they disagreed on the Iran nuclear deal.

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not be remembered as a towering figure of American diplomacy. That could have big consequences in the Middle East and Europe, as well as in the U.S.'s relations with Turkey. I think he will probably be quite compatible with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and with National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster - they are of the same mentality - so we may have more coherence in the United States policy in general and in particular in the U.S. national security policy.

Speculation that Mr Tillerson was on his way out - so frequent that it was nicknamed "Rexit" - escalated last October when NBC News reported that Mr Tillerson had referred to Mr Trump in private as a "moron".

Trump told reporters prior to boarding Air Force One that he and Tillerson "were not really thinking the same", unlike how the president and Pompeo operated.

"Much work remains to respond to the troubling behavior and actions on the part of the Russian government", Tillerson said. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently. And now we're going away from that so we have to think that that's a negative development. But it looks like he was called back due to questions around President Trump's potential meeting with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un.

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The most important qualification for any secretary of state is the trust of the president. "And "... Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!" "Pompeo is surely an ally in that unsafe gambit".

His replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a West Point and Harvard Law grad, is no intellectual slouch.

It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming US secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal.

The Secretary of State serves at the pleasure of the President.

It is hard to say if there will be any other shifts in the White House personnel. Goldstein only lasted 3 months on the job.

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House. So far, Mueller has gotten guilty pleas from former members of Trump's inner circle such as Rick Gates. She has gained respect from the foreign policy community which was initially skeptical of her qualifications as USA ambassador to the United Nations. But she is a visible presence inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, running day-to-day operations while Pompeo handled the public-facing aspects of the job, making speeches and media appearances and meeting with the president. Trump interviewed several other prospects at Trump Tower in NY, including former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts, before settling on the surprise choice of the former oil executive from Texas.

Onetime chief of staff Reince Priebus learned he was being replaced by John Kelly last summer from Twitter.

Mr Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumours of strain between them.

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