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Smooth transition to new United States secretary: PM

Incoming CIA director Gina Haspel delivers remarks at the 2017 William J. Donovan Award Dinner in Washington DC Smooth transition to new United States secretary: PM
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2018, 11:12

Pompeo, a former Army officer who represented a Kansas district in Congress before taking the Central Intelligence Agency job, is seen as a Trump loyalist who has enjoyed a less hostile relationship with career spies than Tillerson had with career diplomats. In a surprise move, President Trump expressed a desire last week to meet personally with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with a meeting potentially happening within the next several months. With that view, the Trump administration has blurred the terms of the nuclear deal with other complaints against Iran that fall outside the scope of the agreement, including Iran's ballistic missile program. A researcher at the University of Chicago, who plotted the time of day that Trump tweets, found an extremely dense band between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., precisely when Fox and Friends is on the air.

It had been a hard relationship between Mr Trump and Rex Tillerson, with the latter often taking a different approach to foreign affairs to the president.

Tillerson in 2017 paid a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte in the wake of his string of stinging retorts against Washington's criticism of his war on drugs.

Nominated to succeed Pompeo is Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, who would become the first woman to lead the spy agency.

Although relatively new to the Trump inner circle, Pompeo has won the president's trust with tailored briefings on classified information.

"We can't put the North Korea issue on the back burner". Gary Cohn recently announced his resignation as director of the National Economic Council.

"I'm not sure how strong a force Tillerson was on the question of the Iran deal so the underlying assumption that Tillerson is keeping Trump in the Iran deal, I'm not sure that's the real story", Murphy told Al-Monitor. Shortly before the president said he would meet with Kim, Tillerson had stressed that the USA was a "long ways from negotiations" with North Korea. A number of details still need working out ahead of the summit, from the time and place to the actual agenda.

Tillerson acted as a brake on Trump's worst instincts: The withdrawal from the Paris climate change accords, wanting to tear up the Iranian nuclear deal, a reluctance to give diplomacy a shot on the Korean Peninsula.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is consulting with the White House and Sen.

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Tillerson, who was confirmed by a 56-43 vote in the Senate previous year, was removed after months of reported mutual dislike between the two men, with Tillerson also reportedly calling the president a "moron" in private.

◆ Impact on North Korea, Iran?

"And we commenced the steps to dramatically increase not just the scope, but the effectiveness of the sanctions" he said. "The department undertook a global campaign to bring partners and allies on board in every country around the world, with every embassy and mission raising this to the highest levels".

For now, Trump and Pompeo seem aligned on major issues. A conservative Republican, he has criticized the Iran agreement as well as Muslim immigrants.

"We were not really thinking the same", Trump said. So we didn't have an assistant secretary of state for Africa, and the people in the key roles will determine the direction of the policy. The brain drain includes the recently announced departures of Thomas Shannon, undersecretary for political affairs, and Joseph Yun, special representative for North Korea policy. An appointment for the ambassador to South Korea fell apart at the last minute.

The position needs to be confirmed by the US Senate.

The turnover in senior government officials will likely persist.

Then there was the flap over Tillerson allegedly calling Trump a "moron".

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

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