Trump names TV personality Larry Kudlow his top economic adviser

President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government.

Kudlow told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he has accepted the offer, saying the U.S. economy is poised to take off after Trump signed $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts into law.

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The Week -
Rex Tillerson's lamentable legacy

If we don't change our fundamental approach to foreign policy — and fast — we'll soon be seeing fond reminiscences of Tillerson's disastrous tenure, just as we increasingly see George W. Bush's disastrous but at least comprehensible presidency in warmer light from the perspective of the chaotic Trump era.

Early Tuesday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via tweet and announced Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, as his replacement.

Washington Post -
Rex Tillerson is latest casualty in Trump’s record-breaking turnover

In a surprise move Tuesday, President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo, shaking up once again the administration’s major players.

The president has defended his record-breaking turnover, asserting that the shuffle reflects a high standards for staffing — and blasting claims that a revolving door of talent hinders his mission.

New York Times -
Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

Mr. Tillerson’s anticipated replacement, C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo, was among the harshest of critics of the 2015 nuclear agreement that world powers brokered with Iran.

No agency has been more skeptical about the chances of Mr. Kim giving up his arsenal than the C.I.A. itself, under Mr. Pompeo. In a presentation last fall at George Washington University, one of the agency’s top Korea analysts said that in the C.I.A.’s view, no amount of sanctions pressure would persuade Mr. Kim that it was worth giving up the weapons that he believes are his only defense from having his country overrun by the United States and its allies.

DW -
Donald Trump replaces US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State," Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: "Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!" Read more: 'Rapid loss' of US diplomats under Trump Administration prompts fears of weakened influence. Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein wrote in a tweet that Tillerson "did not speak to the President" on Tuesday morning and was "unaware of the reason" for his firing.

New York Times -
Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and will replace him with Mike Pompeo, now the C.I.A. director, ending the 14-month tenure of the nation’s chief diplomat who repeatedly had found himself at odds with the White House on a variety of key foreign policy issues.

Mr. Tillerson found out he had been fired before dawn, shortly after his flight returned from a weeklong trip to Africa, said Steve Goldstein, the under secretary of state for public diplomacy.

New York Times -
Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate With a Hawk

That voice will be lost if, as expected, President Trump replaces Mr. Tillerson at the State Department with Mike Pompeo, a hard-line former Republican congressman who has brought an avowedly political edge to the Central Intelligence Agency, where he is the director.

For all his political and bureaucratic stumbles, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has been a steady voice of moderation in how the Trump administration engages with the world.

CBS News -
Trump on Tillerson removal: "Rex will be much happier now"

President Trump said he thinks Secretetary of State Rex Tillerson will be "much happier now" after he announced his removal from leading the State Department on social media Tuesday morning.

While speaking to reporters, Mr. Trump said he was talking about removing Tillerson for a "long time," and said that the two had disagreed on things like the Iran deal. "We were not really thinking the same," the president said, citing a "different mindset" and poor chemistry as a problem of their relationship.

NBC News -
Trump fires Rex Tillerson, selects Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State

President Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to step aside, the White House confirmed Tuesday, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The tension between TIllerson and Trump was heightened following NBC News reporting that the former Exxon Mobile mogul openly disparaged the president after a July 20, 2017 meeting at the Pentagon, referring to him as a “moron,” according to three officials familiar with the incident.

ABC News -
Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson, to be replaced by CIA Director

President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting this morning that he plans to replace him with CIA director Mike Pompeo.

In his praise of Pompeo, Trump wrote, "I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture."

The Guardian -
Rex Tillerson fired: Trump replaces secretary of state with CIA director

Donald Trump has sacked his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and announced his intention to replace him with the CIA director Mike Pompeo.

A senior White House official said: “The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations.”

Washington Post -
Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

Pompeo will replace him at the State Department, and Gina Haspel — the deputy director at the CIA — will succeed him at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

CBS News -
Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replaces him with Mike Pompeo

President Donald Trump has replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, after months of speculation surrounding Tillerson's role in the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump released a statement shortly before leaving for his trip to California saying he was "proud" to nominate Pompeo to replace Tillerson. "His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation," said Mr. Trump in a statement. He added, " want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service.

New York Times -
Japan Fears Being Left Behind by Trump’s Talks With Kim Jong-un

Now Japan, which has hewed closely to the hard-line American posture toward North Korea, is scrambling to remain diplomatically relevant as Mr. Trump moderates his tone in preparation for a possible meeting with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and South Korea takes the lead in brokering talks.

On Tuesday, four days after Mr. Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr. Kim personally to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program, one of the South Korean envoys who delivered that invitation met with Mr. Abe in Tokyo.

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