Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson ahead of North Korea talks

President Donald Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA is career spymaster Gina Haspel who is the agency's deputy director and who oversaw torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand

Trump fires top diplomat Tillerson ahead of North Korea talks

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The outgoing chief diplomat emphasized that his department "exceeded the expectations of nearly everyone" with its "maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea and its quest for removing nuclear weapons from the region.

Despite the sudden change, Kang plans to leave for the USA for a three-day visit Thursday as scheduled to meet United States officials and discuss matters concerning President Moon Jae-in and Trump's respective meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

His departure had been rumored since late previous year, given that he has been at odds with Trump's White House on a range of matters such as the North Korean nuclear issue and the Iran nuclear deal.

According to NBC News, the announcement ends "months of speculation about how much longer the embattled Tillerson would last in the job".

"The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason" for his removal, said Goldstein, who also was sacked shortly after the release of the statement.

"This is going to reopen wounds from a decade and more ago, and also invite more oversight of both our analyses and our activities, especially if Gina is confirmed", said one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was bad, he thought it was okay".

He said Trump called him hours after he tweeted about him being fired.

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A retired army officer, he is a former conservative Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Kansas. Haspel's selection faced immediate opposition from some lawmakers and human rights groups because of her prominent role in one of the agency's darkest chapters. In firing him and nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo for the job, President Donald Trump hopes to replace a traditional realist with an unapologetic security hawk. President Trump still appears determined to reduce the American military footprint, which will inevitably empower Iran and Russian Federation in the Middle East. Both the Washington Post and New York Times reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had a plan to replace Tillerson with Pompeo. Gary Cohn recently announced his resignation as director of the National Economic Council.

"If Tillerson is out and Pompeo is in, some would see that as you have more advocates for a preventive attack if this diplomacy thing doesn't work", Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation, told the same forum. "We're always on the same wavelength", Trump said. A number of details still need working out ahead of the summit, from the time and place to the actual agenda.

Tillerson was not Trump's first choice as Secretary of State.

The impact of this shift on the US-Russia relations and the US foreign policy in general is probably limited.

"And we commenced the steps to dramatically increase not just the scope, but the effectiveness of the sanctions" he said.

But Pompeo has also gone against Trump on some issues.

Similarly, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has also called on Trump to consider exiting the deal, said he will "enthusiastically support" Pompeo's nomination in a statement today. The brain drain includes the recently announced departures of Thomas Shannon, undersecretary for political affairs, and Joseph Yun, special representative for North Korea policy.

There are also concerns that Trump's decision will undermine coordination between South Korea and the US.

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