Summary: ‘ Former CIA Director, and NBC analyst John Brennan predicted “close scrutiny” of Haspel’s nomination given her years of work at the agency, including time spent running a prison in Thailand that waterboarded and used rough interrogation tactics on terror suspects — a practice Trump has voiced support, for in the past. Tillerson “did not speak to the President, and is unaware of the reason”, for his firing, Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said in a statement Tuesday morning, “but he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve.” “Rex and I’ve been talking about this for a long time,” the president said prior to boarding Marine One to head to California. The coming meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un also played a role, a senior administration official told NBC News, saying that Trump “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.” Trump said Tuesday that he made the decision to speak with Kim by himself.
Tillerson, said Goldstein, had “every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security.” I think it is gonna go very well.” NBC reported previously in time this month that National Security Advisor H.R. Longtime Trump confidante, and Communications Director Hope Hicks resigned at the final end of February, while top economic advisor Gary Cohn announced he would depart the administration last week. Hours at the end of Goldstein’s statement contradicting the White House’s account on Tillerson, a senior State Department official confirmed to NBC News that he’d also been fired. by Ali Vitali, and Andrea Mitchell WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to step aside, the White House confirmed Tuesday, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. NBC News learned Tuesday from sources intimately familiar with the situation that Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke with Tillerson by phone on Friday, and told him that Trump intended to ask the question him to “step aside.” In that call — which came while Tillerson was traveling through Africa — Kelly didn’t specify when that alter may come.
A White House official told NBC News in December of last year that the administration was considering a plan in advance to replace Tillerson with Pompeo. A source close to Cotton told NBC Tuesday he was aware of the shakeup prior to the president’s tweet this morning, giving him more notice than almost all of his fellow senators —, and even the secretary of state himself. His unexpected surprise dismissal of foregoing FBI Director James Comey came while Comey was out of town in California and his tweet announcing the departure of former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus came while Trump was on Air Force One. The exit wasn’t a voluntary one, the State Department confirmed in a startling statement Tuesday. In a tweet, Trump thanked Tillerson, for his service, and said Pompeo “will do a fantastic job.” His Africa trip highlighted even more daylight between Tillerson and his boss, almost all recently on North Korea, and, also the poisoning of a Russian spy last week….Read The Full Article Here
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