Trump fires Tillerson after visiting Nigeria

Trump fires Tillerson after visiting Nigeria

"I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking", Mr. Trump said.

Tillerson told reporters he is delegating all his authorities at the end of Tuesday and that his tenure will officially end on March 31.

Mr Goldstein was later sacked for contradicting the White House, NBC reports.

Pompeo is widely seen as a loyal ally of Trump. "He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts", Goldstein said.

Tillerson had joined Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in pressing a sceptical Trump to stick with the agreement with Iran and other world powers over Tehran's nuclear ambitions; and he has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation.

Trump's frayed relationship with Tillerson has been well-documented.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

"I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture", Trump said via a written statement distributed by the White House.

Tillerson has pushed Trump to remain in the agreement and had been pursuing a delicate strategy with European allies and others to try to improve or augment it to Trump's liking.

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Tillerson's sacking comes shortly after Trump, without consulting his top diplomat, chose to accept an invitation to talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un on resolving the Korean nuclear stand-off.

Over the weekend, Pompeo said the USA would not make any concessions ahead of potential talks, but that North Korea must stand by its offers to halt nuclear and missile testing as they take place, allow the continuation of joint military exercises between the USA and South Korea, and leave denuclearization open for negotiation.

Tillerson's departure capped months of friction between the Republican president and the 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office in January 2017. He shares numerous president's opinions and has plenty of experience communicating with Trump thanks to his daily intelligence briefing. "Through his leadership of the Central Intelligence Agency over the past year, Director Pompeo is well aware of these challenges, and I look forward to his confirmation hearing in April".

The President announced in a tweet that he had nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take up the role, saying the 54-year-old "will do a fantastic job".

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, said the Senate confirmation process for Pompeo should be "vigorous". Ron Wyden of OR, a Senate Intelligence Committee, accused Pompeo of being insufficiently tough on Russian Federation and said he'd "demonstrated a casual relationship to truth and principle".

"His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity".

Tillerson's firing came barely four hours after he returned to Washington from a trip to Africa that he had cut short, telling reporters that he was exhausted after working most of the night two nights in a row and getting sick in Ethiopia. According to the Washington Post, White House officials said that Trump notified Tillerson of the decision last Friday.