Seth Meyers: Trump should have fired DeVos before Tillerson

It is safe to say that no secretary of state in modern USA history has been humiliated by the president as much as Tillerson was by Trump.

Monday, Kaine tweeted that while a representative, Pompeo had advocated an attack on Iran, and said it was "dangerous" for him to be nominated to head the State Department.

One can not talk about "Tillersonism" or pin down a list of achievements that are specifically credited to the 69th secretary of state. Pompeo will most likely ally with Vice President Mike Pence and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikky Haley who congratulated him on Twitter, calling him "a friend". After Mr Tillerson refused to issue an explicit denial of "morongate", Mr Trump suggested the two men took IQ tests-"and I can tell you who's going to win". Our understanding is that the disagreement had something to do with North Korea issues, or just a general accumulation of disagreements. In August 2017, Tillerson said "the president speaks for himself" when Trump initially defended the white supremacist march in Charlottesville.

"As director of the CIA, Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernising our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the worldwide intelligence community", Mr Trump said. "Any delay would just be additional obstruction by the democrats who have just since President Trump has come to office has a history of incredible delay and obstruction, like not seen in decades", added Barrasso. That side deal requires European governments to take a tougher stance toward Iran in exchange for a promise that Trump will not rip up the entire agreement, a promise Europeans are already viewing with more skepticism as the president tries to install a self-proclaimed Iran hawk in Foggy Bottom.

Pompeo faces Senate confirmation hearings where he is expected to be asked about his approach toward Russian Federation.

Tillerson was not in the Oval Office last week when Trump abruptly chose to accept Kim's invitation, passed to him second-hand by a South Korean delegation, to denuclearization talks.

Mr Tillerson, who Mr Turnbull congratulated for his work as a partner to Australia, was sacked overnight by President Donald Trump.

But diplomats also expressed disquiet over Pompeo, whose origins as a former tea party congressman from Kansas leave a long paper trail of inflammatory comments about Islam, torture and hard-line positions that clash with the typical ethos of the Foreign Service. Graham also pointed out that as Central Intelligence Agency director, Pompeo has been busily circling the globe and establishing relationships that he will now be able to call on as America's top diplomat. But it looks like he was called back due to questions around President Trump's potential meeting with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un.

"We were not really thinking the same", said Trump.

"I'm concerned", he continued. "I think Rex will be much happier now".

He was also critical of Putin, whereas Trump is decidedly not.

Vanessa Coleman

Comments