Trump Fires Rex Tillerson Over Iran Disagreement; Replaces Him With CIA Chief Mike Pompeo

Update 6:

According to media reports, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to begin confirmation proceedings for Mike Pompeo in April, according to a statement from committee chairman Bob Corker. Pompeo is currently the Director of the CIA. He was confirmed to that position in January 2017 with a vote of 66 to 32.

Meanwhile, Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hasn't had a chance to talk to Rex Tillerson today. He said he last spoke to the former Secretary of State last week, when the two discussed North Korea.

"We've tried to reach Tillerson," Corker said. "I haven't had a chance to talk with him."

Corker added that he has enjoyed working with Tillerson and has heard "good things" about Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick to replace Tillerson.

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Update 5:

In an amusing interlude, President Trump was asked if he fired Rex Tillerson because the former Secretary of State called him a "moron" last summer. Trump refused to answer, as the following exchange reveals:

Reporter: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

Trump: What?

Reporter: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

Trump: Say it again.

At that point Trump pivoted to Mike Pompeo.

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Update 4:

Some more details on how Tillerson learned he was fired: A senior White House official has told CNN that President Trump asked Chief of Staff John Kelley to call Rex Tillerson on Friday night.

The official said Kelly told Tillerson that he will be replaced but did not specify the timing. It was Trump’s decision to pull the trigger Tuesday morning, which underscored their fraught relations. "This is how the President wanted to do it," the official said — a reflection of how the man who became famous saying "you’re fired" actually rarely does it in person.

Steve Goldstein, State Department undersecretary of public affairs, confirmed that Tillerson got a call on Friday night from Kelly with a heads up, but Goldstein did not elaborate. Goldstein insists that Tillerson was notified of the official termination in the tweet this morning.

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Update 3:

President Trump tells reporters that he and Tillerson disagreed on Iran, that he made the North Korea decision himself and thinks Tillerson will be "much happier now." Trump said "I wish Rex Tillerson well… I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well. He’s a good man… We got along actually quite well but we disagreed on things.

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Trump also said he and the man he's nominating to replace Rex Tillerson think the same way.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has "tremendous energy, tremendous intellect," Trump said. "We're always on the same wavelength."

"I am really at a point where we are getting close to having the cabinet and other things that I want," Trump said.
Trump told reporters moments ago that he and Tillerson "got along," but they disagreed on key issues, like the Iran nuclear deal.


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Meanwhile, according to Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy, said Rex Tillerson wanted to stay. "The Secretary had every intention of staying, because of critical progress made in national security," Goldstein said. "He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers that he’s worked with throughout the world."

The official added that Tillerson didn't get to speak with President Trump and doesn't know why. "The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason," he said. "He is grateful for the opportunity to serve and believes public service is a noble calling. He wishes secretary-designate Pompeo well."

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Update 2:

Confirming the WaPo's reporting, a senior administration official told CNN that President Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday. “POTUS thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks and various trade negotiations. POTUS asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday."

CNN also notes that president Trump has wanted Mike Pompeo as his secretary of state for months now, and the White House began planning for him to take this job last fall.

Trump’s anger at Tillerson after it leaked that he called him “a moron” never subsided, and many in the White House saw their differences as irreconcilable.

Tillerson had few, if any, allies left in the West Wing. Though Chief of Staff John Kelly was initially on his side when he took over, he eventually grew weary of defending him — especially after the “moron” remark, which Kelly saw as insubordination on Tillerson’s part.

Ultimately, according to sources close to the President "it was clear Tillerson didn’t support Trump." They say Tillerson wanted to handle foreign policy his own way, without the President. Trump didn’t feel that Tillerson backed him, source says.

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Update 1:

  Mike Pompeo has issued the following brief statement sent to the press, saying he was "grateful" to have worked for the CIA.

"I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity.

Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of America and know that the Agency will continue to thrive under the leadership of Gina Haspel.

If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world’s finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President’s foreign policy. In my time as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom. I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that 'our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.'"

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Back in December we asked "Will CIA Director Mike Pompeo Replace Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State?" The answer, as of moments ago, is yes. Moments ago, the WaPo first reported, and then President Trump tweeted, that he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, launching a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea.

Tillerson had learned his fate last Friday, according to the Washington Post, when Trump asked Tillerson to step aside, causing the embattled top diplomat cut short his trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington, using illness as an alibi.

Mike Pompeo will replace the former Exxon CEO at the State Department, while Gina Hapsel — the deputy director at the CIA — will Pompeo at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

According to WaPo, the president — who has long clashed will Tillerson, who he believes is “too establishment” in his thinking — felt it was important to make the change now, as he prepares for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as upcoming trade negotiations, three White House officials said.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that the Tillerson's announcement comes just hours after the now former Secretary of State said that Russia is "clearly" behind the Skripal poisoning which "will trigger a response", something he said when he already knew he was on the way out, prompting some to ask if this was an outburst meant to provoke Trump: after all Tillerson had nothing to lose at this point.

In a statement issued to The Washington Post, Trump praised both Pompeo and Haspel.

“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”

The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”

Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: “Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”

“I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State,” Pompeo said in a statement. “His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity. Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life.”

Haspel in a statement also said she was excited for her promotion.

“After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year,” she said. “I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Finally, if it is Trump's intention to keep crushing the dollar with every incremental announcement, he is succeeding.



???ö? Pandelis Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:54 Permalink

Deep state just got a little shallower.

BTW: Why would two Russian Jews be so knowledgable about the formulation the Novichok toxin:

"Extremely potent fourth-generation chemical weapons were developed in the Soviet Union and Russia from the 1970s until the early 1990s, according to a publication by two chemists, Lev Fedorov and Vil Mirzayanov in Moskovskiye Novosti weekly in 1992."

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Occident Mortal SamAdams Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:05 Permalink

This moment is Trump's geopolitical equivalent of Obama's red lines in Syria.


Watch now as the whole world goes up in flames, as dictators everywhere realise that the USA aint gonna do shit to stop them. Nobody outside America will listen to Trump after this because they know they don't have to listen to Trump any more.

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Bes BaBaBouy Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:54 Permalink


drums are beating

the rhythm is playing

the orange puppet is dancing

the MIC and Zionists need their War

Trump needs his War

wants his War

we are being marched towards 


and dumbfucks call it

#winning #maga

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Klassenfeind Blankone Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:43 Permalink

Installing the head of the CIA as Secretary of State = "draining the Swamp?"


And you MAGA-turds still believe this?

p.s. and now look at Pompeo's replacement at the CIA by another Bush-era Swamp creature:

"She was one of the top intelligence officers to take part in the worst alleged abuses of Bush-era interrogation program, which renowned rights groups bluntly describe as a set of torture techniques."

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mkkby coaltar Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:31 Permalink

Tillerson only took the job because his wife pestered him to.  Which makes him a weak beta pussy boy.  He would have been slapped around by Iran and Nork.

Now about this tin foil guy and his 80 IQ.  Trump never promised to expose any of your nut wing conspiracies.  And BTW, muslims are banned.  It took a lot of legal fighting because the libtards sued, but it got done.  Fuck you.

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CTacitus mkkby Tue, 03/13/2018 - 19:05 Permalink

Crypto Jew Trumpette is setting a record in firing goys in his administration, but fails to do the same as it represents the all too overrepresented Jews. Therefore one can assume he will eventually replace them with more Jews...this will only give new meaning to overrepresentation of this parasitic race. Look at the record throughout history and judge:

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BabaLooey Max Cynical Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:21 Permalink replace.....a quasi-big oil swamp creature....'re fired...sick boy.....

Net Zero....

Trump has few options win....

Pompeo is a douche....but so are many motherfuckers that crawl around the beltway in their government limos.....


Give me one good SecState candidate here boys and girls.... the top of my head....nothing comes to mind

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BabaLooey cheka Tue, 03/13/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Talk about triggering a SHITLOAD of black folk...

Not to mention the sky screamers and Rachel Cowlick going full horn rim.....

The hiring...AND eventual firing of McKinney could be cacophony registered on the asinine  Social Richter Scale

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curbjob slightlyskeptical Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

It's all about that missing hour on inauguration day ...

that quick side trip to a basement conference room where the chiefs of staff sit the president elect down and dim the lights ... suddenly a grainy film plays. shot from a grassy knoll on a bright sunny day ...

the audience is silent. there's nothing that needs to be said. everyone gets up and calmly leaves the room  .. calmly; except for one  visibly shaken man.

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Bemused Observer curbjob Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Why the hell would that tape scare anyone? A President got his head blown off, ok...unpleasant, but certainly not something that anyone in that position hasn't thought about many, many times.

And it was quick, the poor bastard never knew what hit him. I hardly think a viewing of this decades old assassination tape would leave anyone 'visibly shaken' once they've reached those levels of power.

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veritas semper… curbjob Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

Re post .

Yes. Great job ! C!A ,Goldman Sachs and Pentagram in the government . In your face.

Let 's give some Pompeo 'squotes from Wikipedia:


In November 2015, Pompeo visited Israel and stated that "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a true partner of the American people" and that "Netanyahu's efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are incredibly admirable and deeply appreciated". He also stated that "In the fight against terrorism, cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been more important" and that "[w]e must stand with our ally Israel and put a stop to terrorism. Ongoing attacks by the Palestinians serve only to distance the prospect of peace


During his confirmation hearing, Pompeo stated that Russia "has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nearly nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS.”

- In a 2017 speech addressing the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pompeo referred to WikiLeaks as "a non-state hostile intelligence service" and described founder Julian Assange as a narcissist, fraud, and coward.


Edward Snowden

In February 2016, Pompeo said Edward Snowden "should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence


Pompeo worked to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran that was supported by the Obama administration. Referring to the agreement, Pompeo stated “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”[44] Pompeo also stated that a better option than negotiating with Iran would be to use “under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces.”

-North Korea

Pompeo desires regime change in North Korea.

- Pompeo opposes closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp



Pompeo supports the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, referring to the agency's efforts as "good and important work

 Huray ,MAGA ! Schmucks!

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PrayingMantis BaBaBouy Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:56 Permalink


... btw, icymi, T-Rex is an Alpha Phi Omega fraternity brother of Bill & Hillary Clinton, Michael Obama, Bush, Gorbachev? and numerous college & university presidents and others in notable positions in defense, academia, etc ... (check out government and politics) ... this is just one of those secret-handshake societies roaming around making secret deals (not unlike CFR, Bohemian Grove, Trilateral Commission, et. al.) ...

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tunetopper ne-tiger Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

he may unwittingly be part of the Deep State.  But he has so much dirt on his own hands the CIA and Deep State (of which Exxon is intertwined with anyway) just means Trump is a puppet- who is struggling at the job of making his administration look legitimate to the Fox News crowd. (and the few steel workers at the recycling plants)

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