Trump's revolving door: Rex Tillerson latest to go

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But with reports of her and her husband (who appears later on this list) clashing with other members of the White House, it's probably only a matter of time before she leaves to "focus on her own business" or some other BS. It comes just two months before the next deadline for the Iran nuclear deal, when Trump must decide whether to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions as he has said he is inclined to do, effectively withdrawing from the multilateral agreement reached in 2015 by the Obama administration and other world powers.

It was this deal that earned Mr Tillerson the Russian Order of Friendship, which President Vladimir Putin personally pinned on his chest in 2013 (that was before Russia grabbed Crimea but after the US-Russian relationship went cold).

Tillerson said to the press that he and Trump largely disagreed about Russian Federation, which has recently threatened the United States with nuclear war but which also seems to have a personal positive relationship with Trump.

He did not mention Trump - other than to say that he'd spoken by phone to the president Tuesday while Trump was on Air Force One.

Prior to Tillerson's visit, reports in the USA media had indicated tension between the president and his secretary. He planned to leave Foggy Bottom at the end of the day, even though his commission as the secretary of state expires 31 March midnight.

In explaining his decision to fire Tillerson, Trump said they had disagreed on many topics, but he specifically singled out one dispute: Whether or not to stay in the Iran pact.

However, a statement from Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein, tweeted by ABC News' Conor Finnegan, contradicted Washington Post's version of the story.

Goldstein wrote that the secretary "had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues", indicating he was caught off guard by Trump's move. "And I can tell you who is going to win".

Multiple White House officials said that Tillerson had been informed of the decision Friday, while he was in Ethiopia.

In picking Rex Wayne Tillerson to head the State Department, Trump told associates he wanted a secretary of state who looked the part.

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"I didn't discuss it very much with him", Trump said.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. It remains unclear whether Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who often joined Tillerson in pressing Trump to be more patient and thoughtful on a range of issues, will be willing or able to continue in that role.

Pompeo has advocated for military strikes against Iran while lobbying hard against the nuclear deal with Tehran.

It's no secret that Tillerson and Trump had a combative relationship.

"It's important that the USA maintains its seat at the table about how to address the threat of climate change, which does require a global response", the former CEO of oil giant ExxonMobil had said during his confirmation hearings.

The biggest shakeup of Trump's Cabinet since he took office in January 2017 was announced by the president on Twitter as his administration works toward a potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after months of harsh rhetoric and rising tensions on Pyongyang's nuclear program. The former ExxonMobil chief's firing comes after a series of public rifts with the president since his appointment a year ago.

Carthage College political science professor Arthur Cyr said he was surprised by the firing and it "reinforced the sense of erratic lack of direction and instability in terms of foreign policy" on the part of the Trump administration. "We wish Secretary-Designate Pompeo well", he said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest top official to leave a USA administration where turnover has been inordinately high.

Washington: Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump's nominee to become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, is a veteran, who once reportedly ran a secret prison in Thailand where terrorism suspects were allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding.

Pompeo forged a close bond with the mercurial President through the daily intelligence briefings, which the former Republican congressman from Kansas delivers in person three to four times a week, White House officials have told CNN.

Announcing Tillerson's sacking in a tweet earlier Tuesday, Trump lavished praise on Pompeo, saying he would do a "fantastic job!"

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