Secret prisons and torture: New CIA chief Gina Haspel's dark resume

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

"I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State", Pompeo said in a statement released by the White House.

Mr Rex Tillerson spent a tumultuous year at the helm of the US State Department, frequently undercut by the President he disagreed with on key foreign policy issues and derided by many of his employees, who blamed him for marginalising their role and diplomacy itself. Within hours of linking Russian Federation to the attack, Tillerson was ousted by President Trump.

The former oil executive said he would remain at the department until March 31 to conclude an administrative handover, but that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would take charge.

Tillerson first learned he was being dismissed when Trump tweeted this morning that he was nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his new secretary of state.

At a time when Trump has repeatedly threatened to rip up or nullify the deal, Rainater lamented how Pompeo's "extreme policy views threaten to gut US diplomatic capacity further by making war the go-to option rather a last resort".

While Tillerson was sacked the day after accusing Putin of poisoning a United Kingdom spy, the New York Times had been reporting for months that Trump was planning to fire him.

On Tuesday night, Seth Meyers had some fun at the expense of outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship", he said.

When Trump ultimately accepted Kim's invitation for a meeting, Tillerson was in Ethiopia, though he said he spoke with Trump at 2:30 a.m., shortly before it was announced.

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As for a replacement, he expressed confidence in Pompeo and an expectation that he'll soon hear more from Haspel during confirmation proceedings.

The top diplomat cut short a trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington after reportedly being asked to resign beginning Friday. "So we were not thinking the same".

Word of Trump's dissatisfaction with Tillerson and plans to replace him with Pompeo had circulated for months, even as Tillerson insisted he didn't plan to leave and that he knew of no plans for his ouster. "If the White House was a fraternity in an 80s movie, Rex Tillerson was the dean".

July 26, 2017 - Tillerson tells reporters he's "not going anywhere" amid reports of tensions with the White House over policy decisions. As a member of Congress, where he represented the fourth district in Kansas, Pompeo voted for free trade agreements, including the Korea Trade Agreement and the Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement.

"We have a very similar thought process", Trump said of Pompeo on Tuesday.

Trump publicly undercut Tillerson's diplomatic initiatives numerous times. Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid and brushed off rumors of strain between them.

Rami Khouri, a senior fellow at the American University of Beirut, said Haspel's appointment was "in keeping" with previous actions by the Trump administration.

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