Trump poised to oust top diplomat Tillerson, says New York Times report

Trump poised to oust top diplomat Tillerson, says New York Times report

Trump asked John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to develop the transition strategy, and it has already been discussed with other officials, one administration source said. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, to replace Pompeo at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Earlier this year, Tillerson denied an NBC News report that top Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTop US automakers warn Pence: NAFTA proposal could hurt industry Flipping Michael Flynn: The real and imagined damage of a Mueller deal Preet Bharara: Helping Mueller probe might be only "sane" move for Flynn MORE, had urged him not to step down from the State Department.

This comes after a bitter few months between Tillerson and Mr. Trump in which the president has repeatedly undermined America's chief diplomat.

Shortly after the news broke, Trump was peppered by reporters about the veracity of the story at the White House.

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While some intelligence officers say Pompeo tends to tell the president what he wants to hear rather than giving him their assessments, others say they have been impressed by his intellect, his willingness to listen and his advocacy of more robust covert operations.

"There has been a kind of Cold War going on between these two", Wallace noted, adding there has seemed to be a rift between Trump and Tillerson on handling North Korea.

Observers across the political and foreign policy spectrum tend to view Tillerson as a failure at the State Department. Arkansas Secretary of State spokesman Chris Powell says if the seat is left vacant, Governor Asa Hutchinson would be charged with appointing an interim Senator.

Now, CBS News has confirmed the White House has a plan to force Tillerson out.

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Tillerson has embittered many in the State Department by embracing the planned budget cut, failing to get top officials into key diplomatic jobs, relying on a handful of aides and keeping his distance from career diplomats.

Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation and tried to mediate a dispute after four Arab nations launched a boycott of Qatar.

Tillerson joined Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in pressing Trump not to pull the United States out of an agreement with Iran and world powers over Tehran's nuclear capabilities. But Trump never signed off, and officials have struggled to focus his attention on the matter, the individual said.

In late September, while on a trip to Beijing, Tillerson said Washington was probing North Korea to see whether it was interested in dialogue, and had multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang.

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