Rex Tillerson to step down by March end

Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

Trump's CIA pick is career spymaster who oversaw secret prison

This is how things are done in Donald Trump's White House, which has now had more departures in its first 14 months than any other administration.

Multiple White House officials said that Tillerson had been informed of the decision Friday, while he was in Ethiopia.

"Well, he keeps it interesting", said Sen. "I think Rex will be much happier now". One is whether she and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis can prepare Trump adequately for his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He'll confront the dilemmas making good on his promise to run the country like he ran his business. The firing of Tillerson also sends a message to those who second-guessed Trump's decision on North Korea that the buck stops with him. The same is increasingly true of the Oval Office. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that he expected to hold confirmation hearings sometime in April. And he imposed steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminium last week, overruling Cohn, who resigned.

Following a day of talks with China's President Xi Jinping late previous year, Mr Tillerson said United States officials were exploring channels of contact with Pyongyang amid sky-high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. After lashing out at his Attorney General Jeff Sessions two weeks ago for not holding the FBI accountable for mishandling the Russian Federation investigation, Sessions was seen the same night walking out to dinner with his deputy Rod Rosenstein who oversees the Russian Federation investigation.

He stressed similarities in outlook in praising his choice for secretary of state.

Williams said Tillerson was simply ineffective in his role because he didn't always reflect Trump's views. We thank him for that and congratulate him on his great work and we look forward to working with Mike Pompeo. Mr. Tillerson's foreign-policy thinking was at least moderate and mainstream.

While Democrats painted a picture of an administration in chaos, Republicans yesterday tamped down the idea that Tillerson's ouster would have major effects on US diplomacy. 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".

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"You want to project that your administration is one of organization, you want to project confidence", she said.

The Late Show did not have commemorative plates for Tillerson, but it did put together a highlight reel of Tillerson's tenure as America's top diplomat, as told through Stephen Colbert's monologues.

Her former posts at the intelligence agency include deputy director of the national clandestine service for foreign intelligence and covert action.

"He had no idea that this was occurring", said Steve Goldstein, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. He squared off against Idriss Deby, the authoritarian president of Chad; Saudi Arabian royalty and the government of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. The chances of war with Iran and North Korea will rise. She's faced criticism for her role in overseeing a Central Intelligence Agency torture operation in 2002 and later ordering that the evidence be destroyed. Tillerson backed the JCPOA; Trump called it an "embarrassment".

Another issue now in limbo is the negotiations to strengthen the Iran nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Tillerson's aggressive budget cuts and an ill-conceived reorganization plan alienated potential allies in both the State Department and Congress.

In the meantime, Tillerson, appears headed back to private life.

"I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently", he said.

"We think she should stand trial to defend herself against the allegations that she was involved in torture and she shouldn't be appointed to any position".

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