Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary

Latest news

    Rex Tillerson in Chantilly, Virginia, October 5 2017Image copyright Reuters
    Image caption Mr Tillerson lasted in the job for just over a year

    US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

    Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do “a fantastic job”.

    Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

    The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

    Reports have swirled of a schism in the Trump administration between the commander-in-chief and his top diplomat, as the US faces a host of vexatious foreign policy conundrums, from North Korea to Iran.

    Last October Mr Tillerson was forced to convene a news conference to deny reports that he was considering quitting, though he did not comment on a report that he had called his boss a moron after a meeting last July at the Pentagon.

    Last autumn, Mr Trump publicly undercut the former Texas oilman by tweeting that he was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with nuclear-armed North Korea.

    Mr Tillerson was reported to be astonished at how little Mr Trump grasped the basics of foreign policy.

    The New York Times quoted sources as saying Mr Trump was irritated by Mr Tillerson’s body language during meetings.

    Mr Tillerson was said to roll his eyes or slouch when he disagreed with the decisions of his boss.

    View the original article:

    In the same category are

    The Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith get apology over pay Image copyright Netflix Image caption Claire Foy and Matt Smith played the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the first two series The makers of Netf...
    ‘My 3,000 calorie-a-day addiction to energy drinks rules my life’ Image copyright Neil Hanna/Platform Press Image caption Emma Forrest with her fizzy drinks and energy drinks at home A woman who drinks 30 cans a ...
    Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray postponed as Saunders has hand injury Billy Joe Saunders' WBO middleweight title defence against Martin Murray has been postponed until June after the champion injured his hand.The fight,...
    Woman, 100: ‘I don’t dress like an old girl’ Image copyright Adam Oliver Image caption "It's been so lovely to have all of this attention," says Sadie A 100-year-old woman whose photo went vi...
    Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People increasingly want to know how much information tech firms have on them Allegations that research...
    Red Arrows aircraft crashes at RAF Valley Image copyright PA Image caption The Red Arrows are the RAF's aerobatics display team An aircraft used by the Red Arrows display team has crashed ...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *