Mike Pompeo doesn't like the Iran nuclear deal

When President Donald J. Trump explained why he dumped Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, disagreements over the Iran nuclear deal were at the top of his list.

In Aspen last July, Pompeo even referenced real estate to describe Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, a comparison bound to resonate with his boss. "A similar thought process" apparently means a shared penchant for blunt commentary, and a common belief that the Iran deal is questionable, according to a review of Pompeo's speeches, testimony and public comments.

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Washington Post -
At the State Department, diplomats prepare for a dramatic shift in style

As they prepared for a new leader, diplomats and civil servants at the State Department expressed relief and trepidation on Wednesday after the stunning firing of Rex Tillerson, whose tenure as secretary of state was one of the most contentious in recent memory.

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.

New York Times -
In Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo, Trump Turns to Loyalists Who Reflect ‘America First’ Views

President Trump ousted on Tuesday his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, the most dramatic in a cascade of personnel moves that suggest Mr. Trump is determined to surround himself with loyalists more willing to reflect his “America First” views.

Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director and former Tea Party congressman, who has cultivated a close relationship with the president and has taken a harder line than Mr. Tillerson on critical issues like Iran and North Korea.

DW -
Rex Tillerson sacking a 'negative development' for Africa

DW: Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, toured Africa for a week before being called back to Washington and sacked by President Donald Trump.

When Tillerson was in Africa, he pursued the traditional US take on the continent, which is: focus on security issues, focus on the fight against terrorism. But it looks like he was called back due to questions around President Trump's potential meeting with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un.

Sacked Tillerson issues Russia warning

Sacked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned of Russia's "troubling behaviour and actions" in a parting statement after being fired by President Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters at the Department of State, Mr Tillerson said good work had been done to have better relations with China, and rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. But he added: "Much work remains to respond to the troubling behaviour and actions on the part of the Russian government.

Washington Post -
‘It was a different mind-set’: How Trump soured on Tillerson as his top diplomat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asleep in his Nairobi hotel room early Saturday morning fighting a stomach bug when White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called to wake him around 2 a.m. to relay a terse message from President Trump: The boss was not happy.

The president was so eager to fire Tillerson that he wanted to do so in a tweet on Friday, but Kelly persuaded Trump to wait until his secretary of state was back in the United States from Africa, two people familiar with the conversation said.

Washington Post -
Trump unrestrained: Recent moves show president listening to his gut more than advisers

For much of his tumultuous tenure, President Trump has made impulsive, gut-level pronouncements — about dealing with Democrats on immigration, tearing up the Iran nuclear deal or supporting stricter gun control — only to be walked back by his more cautious staff.

White House allies in Washington suggested Trump has been liberated to manage his administration as he did his private business, making decisions that feel good in the moment because he believes in his ability to win — regardless of whether they are backed by rigorous analysis or supported by top advisers.

Fox News -
When Pompeo replaces Tillerson at the State Department he faces challenges from North Korea, Syria and Iran

President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he has removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department will likely leave Pompeo spending most of his time in his new job dealing with three nations: North Korea, Syria and Iran.

However much sleep Pompeo has been getting at the CIA, he’s likely to get less when he moves to the State Department.

Wall Street Jurnal -
‘Rex, Eat the Salad’: Inside the Awkward Relationship Between Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump

In a private room in China’s Great Hall of the People in November, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sat with President Donald Trump and other U.S. officials as their hosts delivered plates of wilted Caesar salad.

Mr. Tillerson laughed off the remark, but the moment illustrated the at-times awkward relationship between the secretary of state and his boss that came to an abrupt end Tuesday when Mr. Trump announced in a tweet that he had replaced him.

DW -
Opinion: With Tillerson's firing, White House loses a voice of reason

Rex Tillerson's departure means Donald Trump's Cabinet is losing a moderate voice; his successor is a hardliner catering to the US president's taste.

In the North Korean crisis, Tillerson was from the outset a voice of reason, in favor of diplomatic solutions and against Trump's saber-rattling. Precisely for that reason, it would have been wiser to count on continuity in the State Department.

CBS News -
Rex Tillerson's ouster: How it unfolded

According to a White House official, White House chief of staff John Kelly informed Rex Tillerson on Friday night that he was being let go as secretary of state.

The official said Kelly and Tillerson agreed that no announcement would be made until Tillerson returned from his trip to Africa; the agreement was made at Tillerson's request. And just hours after Tillerson arrived back on 4 a.m. on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported Tillerson was leaving the administration and President Trump tweeted that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be nominated to replace him.

Global News -
How Rex Tillerson’s firing affects Canada

It was another day of upheaval at the White House on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

“I think that while the recent trips to Asia haven’t worked out well, their strategy towards the U.S. has been very good,” he said, noting that the Liberal government has reached out to Trump, to Congress and even to state governors.

The Guardian -
Rex Tillerson's firing leaves US diplomacy in turmoil

Donald Trump sent US diplomacy into fresh turmoil on Tuesday by firing his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson – said to have discovered his fate via Twitter – and promoting two officials condemned by human rights groups for endorsing or overseeing torture.

Chris Murphy, a Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, said Tillerson had “systematically and intentionally weakened American diplomacy” and added: “President Trump seems to want someone who does the same thing, only faster and while fawning over the president.”

Fox News -
Trump announces Tillerson out, Pompeo in -- Here's why firing people can be a good thing

President Trump acted correctly and decisively Tuesday by removing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announcing he will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become America’s top diplomat.

First, Tillerson does not see the world as President Trump does, especially the complex array of opportunities for engagement associated with North Korea, Russia, China and Iran. With a nod to Rex Tillerson’s steady stewardship for just over a year, the president let him go for two reasons.

CBS News -
Mike Pompeo, Gina Haspel participated in briefing with South Koreans while Tillerson was in Africa

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was recovering from food poisoning in Africa, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and his deputy director Gina Haspel were both present at the White House during the White House's briefing with the South Koreans last Thursday, when President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, according a source with knowledge of the situation and a White House official.

Where it went wrong for Rex

After a man barricaded himself into the Mandalay Bay hotel and over a terrifying 10 minutes opened fire on concertgoers below, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, the president went to Vegas and met families, first responders, medics and the emergency services.

With whooshes and flashes and giant straps rushing urgently across the bottom of the screen - was the news that Rex Tillerson had refused to deny that he had called Donald Trump a "moron" (with expletive attached).

The Week -
Trump's turbulent Tuesday

President Trump has never been particularly keen on prioritizing diplomacy, and as is indicative of the chaotic and inept management style of the Trump administration, scores of key State Department roles remain unfilled — including ambassadorships to critical allies such as Germany, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.

Before getting canned on this tempestuous Tuesday, Tillerson somehow survived in his job for five months after it was reported that he called the president a "moron" over Trump's stated preference to Pentagon officials that he wanted to ignore long-held international agreements and rebuild the U.S.' nuclear stockpile to its 1960s peak. (Tillerson never confirmed nor denied the "moron" remark, which all but confirmed it.)

Wall Street Jurnal -
Tillerson out as secretary of state as Trump taps CIA chief Pompeo

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state after a series of disagreements with President Donald Trump, ending a rocky tenure as the chief U.S. diplomat.

His time in the administration has been marked by incidents including reportedly calling Trump a “moron” and Trump’s saying on Twitter that Tillerson was “wasting his time” negotiating with North Korea. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he got along well with Tillerson, but “we disagreed on things,” like the Iran nuclear deal.

Mike Pompeo - Trump's loyalist new diplomat

Mike Pompeo was a hardline Republican congressman before President Donald Trump appointed him to direct the CIA and later to lead the US Department of State.

Hours before Mr Trump announced that he would meet the leader of North Korea, Mr Pompeo was seen in the Oval Office with Mr Trump during a meeting with a South Korean delegation at the White House. Mr Pompeo is seen as a Trump loyalist who performed a delicate balancing act at the CIA in managing frayed relations between the spy agency and a commander-in-chief who compared America's intelligence services to Nazis.

Washington Post -
How the last five days of Rex Tillerson’s tenure played out

When the biggest diplomatic move of President Trump’s administration to date was announced, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Ethiopia.

He then praised the decision by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee to exonerate him on questions of collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Week -
How Trump can keep from getting swindled by Kim Jong Un

However, the worst thing that could happen would be for President Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un with no preconditions set and no guaranteed deliverables.

Even if the talks failed, Kim could use the image of a handshake with President Trump on his home turf as a show of strength to his people, further solidifying his hold on power.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Trump’s Broadcom block is just a ‘prelude’ to more China takedowns

“If Rick Saccone somehow loses on Tuesday, regardless of whether the president made the trip on Saturday or not, the media will blame the president,” — David Urban, who oversaw Trump’s 2016 campaign in Pennsylvania, reflects on today’s special election in the Keystone State for a House seat.

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ABC News -
Despite doubts, White House insists Russian meddling will be countered in 2018

The special counsel probing interference in the last presidential election charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups with violating criminal laws with the intent of meddling “with U.S. elections and political processes” last month.

“And we have backup systems and we’ve been working actually, we haven't been given credit to this but we’ve actually been working very hard on the '18 election and the '20 election coming up.”

New York Times -
Poisoning of Russian Ex-Spy Is ‘Almost Beyond Comprehension,’ Tillerson Says

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday called the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain “an egregious act” and added, “It appears that it clearly came from Russia.”

“It’s almost beyond comprehension that a state, an organized state would do something like that,” Mr. Tillerson said in the interview. The former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, once an informant for Britain’s foreign intelligence service, and his daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench in of Salisbury, England, and a police officer who helped them has also been hospitalized, in serious condition.

New York Times -
Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise

President Trump has abandoned his live-on-television promise to work for gun control measures that are opposed by the National Rifle Association, instead bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the existing background check system.

Instead, Mr. Trump over the weekend released a modest plan that eschewed gun control measures in favor of more limited bills that would provide weapons training for teachers and create a commission to study other responses to school shootings.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Trump Sees ‘Not Much Political Support’ to Raise Federal Gun Purchase Age Limit

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to not include new federal age restrictions in his plan to reduce gun violence at schools, saying they had little political support, amid a cool reception on Capitol Hill for other parts of his proposal.

Mr. Trump’s remarks came a day after the release of a White House school safety plan that focused on arming school staff but didn’t include the president’s earlier call to raise the age limit.

Wall Street Jurnal -
White House Unveils Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools

The White House on Sunday announced a plan to reduce gun violence at schools that includes spending federal money on training school staffers to carry concealed weapons, but not President Donald Trump’s earlier call to raise the age limit for buying guns.

Appeared in the March 12, 2018, print edition as 'White House Unveils Proposals on Guns.'. Plan would fund training for armed teachers in wake of Florida school shooting but omits President Trump’s call to raise age limit for buying guns

NBC News -
Gun violence: What Trump said, what Trump did

President Donald Trump shocked gun rights groups last month when he told lawmakers in a White House discussion that he supported an increase in the age limit for purchasing firearms, wanted to remove weapons from threatening gun owners and put "due process second," and expressed interest in a universal background check bill that the NRA strongly opposed.

What Trump said: While never committing to a bill, Trump expressed strong interest in bipartisan legislation by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., that would expand background checks to private and online sales, which is a top priority for gun violence prevention groups.

The Week -
Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un could actually work

In a typically bizarre sequence of events late last week, President Trump hastily agreed to direct, one-on-one nuclear talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

If he can find the time in, between filing lawsuits against porn stars and filling the vacancy-of-the-week precipitated by the total chaos inside the White House, the president can still slow things down, staff up his foreign policy team, convene the relevant stakeholders, and try to show up in Pyongyang prepped, briefed, and ready to negotiate.

NBC News -
Here’s why Tuesday’s race in Trump Country is so competitive

Democratic enthusiasm, GOP scandal and a superior Dem candidate — and you see why this race is so close, even in Trump Country.

The Democrats’ enthusiasm advantage: From Kansas and South Carolina to Virginia and Alabama, Democrats — win or lose — have overperformed in most of the major races over the past year in the Trump Era.. 2. Scandal isn’t helping the GOP: The reason there’s a PA-18 special election in the first place is due to the resignation of anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who left his seat after allegedly encouraged his lover to terminate her pregnancy.

New York Times -
Where Might Trump and Kim Jong-un Meet Here Are Some Possibilities

Among the many questions about a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is where it might happen.

Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, a former Mongolian president, tweeted in support of a meeting in Ulan Bator, saying: “Here is an offer: US President Trump and NK leader Kim meet in UB. Mongolia, which shares borders with Russia and China, has pursued a policy of neutrality in recent years and has good relations with both the United States and North Korea.

CBS News -
U.S. officials say no more conditions imposed on U.S.-North Korea talks

Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the pressure campaign on the regime won't stop either when the U.S. and North Korea comes together for talks.

Fox News -
Why a nuke-free North Korea is China's worst nightmare

The instability that Pyongyang brings to U.S. foreign policy presents to China a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve many of its goals throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Remove the North Korea crisis from Asia and Washington has the economic, diplomatic, political and, most of all, military bandwidth to contain Beijing’s aspirations across Asia—and indeed, around the world. The instability that Pyongyang brings to U.S. foreign policy presents to China a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve many of its goals throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Trump backs off on assault rifle curbs

White House proposals to tackle the threat of mass shootings in US schools fall short of a call by President Donald Trump himself to raise the age limit for buying assault rifles.

Survivors of the Florida shooting have been pressing for a complete ban on sales of assault weapons to the public.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Trump Decision to Meet Kim Wasn’t Impulsive, Aides Say

President Donald Trump’s advisers on Sunday argued that his surprise decision to agree to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was less impulsive than it appeared to U.S. allies and members of Congress.

Mr. Pompeo accused previous presidential administrations of “whistling past the graveyard” as the North Korean government advanced its nuclear weapons program, and said on CBS’s Face the Nation that the Trump administration’s sanctions prompted Kim Jong Un to seek a meeting with Mr. Trump.

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