The Distance Between Tillerson's State Dept. And Trump's White House

State Tillerson arrives at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Tillerson will be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, according to The New York Times.

The president regularly criticises the agreement as a bad deal and has repeatedly threatened to end it. The foreign minister only met with him in September of a year ago.

"The president 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", said a senior White House official Tuesday.

As far as firings under President Donald Trump go, Rex Tillerson's is not the most humiliating. Trump's change puts Pompeo, an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal, in charge of USA diplomacy as the president decides whether to withdraw the US from the agreement.

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There were conflicting messages from the White House and the State Department about the timeline of the firing on Tuesday, with the White House insisting that Tillerson had been told of the move last Friday.

Certainly not the foreign diplomats he dealt with either: Tillerson didn't have the background in diplomacy or politics to be impressive. His stance created another messaging problem for a White House that has often struggled to project a united front.

Pompeo's promotion comes as the trading relationship between Canada and the U.S.is growing more hard. But over time, Tillerson found himself frozen out and in disagreement with the man who mattered most, Trump.

"He has a very good rapport with the president", said the lawmaker. Tillerson began his tenure as secretary of state seeking a reset of sorts with Russian Federation.

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Other European officials and former US officials said Pompeo's rise, if he is confirmed as secretary of state by the Senate, might have a more ambiguous effect on the negotiations and that, in any case, Trump's views are paramount. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".

Trump's position: Trump has questioned news reports and the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, calling the information "fake news" and a "hoax".

However, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein and other State Department officials said that Tillerson hadn't learned he was being dismissed until he saw Trump's early-Tuesday tweet, and hadn't discussed it directly with the president. Before that, Tillerson's State Department was preparing new sanctions with the Treasury Department to target some of the entities and individuals charged last month by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for meddling online against the 2016 election.

Trump specifically cited the Iran nuclear deal, which he wanted to pull the USA out of against Tillerson's recommendations. "It's Trump's line", said a another European diplomat. He lives in a fantasy world of his own making, a nonstop television show in which he is the only star; he doesn't want people who keep telling him that the real world looks somewhat different or that extravagant gestures might have severe consequences. Not a single "thank you" or "I enjoyed working with you" or anything. Schultzin said Pompeo is also more confrontational, especially toward China.

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