Russia doubts US nominee to replace Tillerson will take softer approach: RIA

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Late-night hosts had a blast Tuesday with the news that President Trump had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, stacking their monologues with jokes aimed at the two men. Word of Trump's dissatisfaction with Tillerson and plans to replace him had circulated for months, even as Tillerson insisted he didn't plan to leave. Refusing to risk his credibility, Tillerson did not deny it.

US-African relations over the last year-and-a-half of the Trump administration have already been a challenge to understand because a lot of the key roles were not filled.

"I don't agree with the standards that were put in place, but at the same time, I think we just need to think about that time and the way we approach the threat to the country", said Panetta, explaining that concern over preventing future terrorist attacks against America was prevalent.

Mr Pompeo has expressed support for dismantling the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, meaning his appointment may have significant implications for the Middle East. "I wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently".

Rex Tillerson's firing comes as the U.S. secretary of state ended an African tour focused on security.

Nor was Pompeo likely to restore the influence of the State Department on policy-making that had drastically waned under Tillerson, Brenner cautioned. Does this mean we will see more of the Trump line in the US Africa policy?

A Senate Foreign Relations hearing with Tillerson on the State Department budget is now cancelled.

Pompeo, on the other hand, adamantly opposes the Iran nuclear deal and reportedly has a much stronger personal relationship with the president.

"In selecting CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee for Secretary of State, the president has called upon a brilliant, tough-minded leader to guide our diplomatic corps through challenging days ahead".

Haspel, if confirmed by the Senate, would become the first woman to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program and has recently created the prospect of an worldwide trade war.

Tillerson listed several foreign policy objectives Washington was working on and singled out Russian Federation for its "troubling behavior and actions".

Stocks were lower in the afternoon, shaking off early gains on data showing slowing consumer price inflation, on uncertainty about Tillerson's dismissal and replacement by Pompeo.

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"In actions and by experience it's been seen that the policies and approach of America can not be trusted very much", Qassemi said, according to state media. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump. So, we will see".

Mr Tillerson was said to have repeatedly complained about a perceived invasion of his territory by Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. "One of the hardest things to do is hire good people and then to keep them, and the revolving door down on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. continues to amaze me".

Rep. Adam Schiff, the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, cited Haspel's "impressive record", but also said she must outline if she would comply with any presidential order bringing back waterboarding and other such techniques.

As Abe's government has been one of the biggest supporters of Trump's policy of piling "maximum pressure" on North Korea, the prime minister "must be appreciating the personnel change", he said.

A pool reporter who was on the plane with Secretary of State Tillerson hours before he was sacked says there is "open revolt" between Trump and the State Department.

A believer in regime change in North Korea, it is unlikely that Pompeo will endorse the summit that Trump announced last week.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office.

Fuelling talk of a serious falling out between the pair, Mr Tillerson was reported late a year ago to have referred to Mr Trump as a "moron" after a national security meeting a few months earlier.

Trump acknowledged he hadn't discussed the idea in advance with Tillerson. The president mentioned differences over how to handle the Iran agreement, "so we were not really thinking the same".

"Working for the White House is basically like being in a Saw movie", he said. Between 2003 and 2005, she oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded, current and former USA intelligence officials said.

Lawmakers from both major parties have criticized those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there. "I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgment to lead one of our nation's most critical agencies", he said.

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