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Mattis just lost a close ally as Trump gives Tillerson the boot

One year ago   |   By

REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
With former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson now fired, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has lost a close ally.
The two often ate breakfast together, spoke two or three times a day on the phone, and were two-thirds of the "suicide pact."
Few doubt that Mattis will adapt and develop a similar working relationship with incoming Secretary of State Pompeo.
In the turmoil of the Trump administration's first year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could always count on the steady judgment of Rex Tillerson to help him present a united front to the president.
Whether about...
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Trump says he fired Tillerson due to a disagreement over the Iran deal

Trump says he fired Tillerson due to a disagreement over the Iran deal

One year ago   |   By

Thomson Reuters
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he dismissed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state at least in part over a disagreement on how best to proceed with the Iran deal.
"When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was terrible. He thought it was okay. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently," Trump said.
Trump campaigned on ripping up the Iran deal, but has so far only decertified it, rather than removing the US as a party to the agreement.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he dismissed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state at...
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Tillerson found out he was fired when Trump tweeted about it

Tillerson found out he was fired when Trump tweeted about it

One year ago   |   By

Thomson Reuters
The State Department said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was informed of his own firing by President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning tweet announcing the news.
The secretary said that he was "unaware of the reason" for his firing, which he did not discuss with Trump before the president announced his ouster on Tuesday morning .
"The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security," Under-Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said in a statement.
The State Department said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was...
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Trump replaced Tillerson, a realist, with Pompeo, a hawk - and it could set up confrontation with North Korea

Trump replaced Tillerson, a realist, with Pompeo, a hawk - and it could set up confrontation with North Korea

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President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a move that could make the US more hawkish towards North Korea.
Tillerson was thought to be a voice that cautioned Trump against striking North Korea while Pompeo has come off consistently hawkish.
The US has a tricky patch of diplomacy coming up with North Korea as Trump and Kim Jong Un prepare to meet, and if diplomacy fails, the US could get even tougher on Pyongyang.
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he would replace Secretary of State Rex...
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Tillerson's ouster came one day after his most vehement condemnation yet of Russia

Tillerson's ouster came one day after his most vehement condemnation yet of Russia

One year ago   |   By

Evan Vucci/AP
President Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson one day after Tillerson explicitly blamed Russia for a chemical attack against a former Russian spy living in the UK.
While the White House called the attack "reckless" and "indiscriminate," it declined to specifically name Russia as the perpetrator.
Tillerson told reporters later in the day that the attack "clearly" came from Russia and said it was "beyond comprehension" that "an organized state" would take such an action.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him...
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Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

One year ago   |   By

Evan Vucci/AP
President Donald Trump reportedly ousted his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson had faced reports of tension between him and the president for months.
President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave his post, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will replace him. See the rest of the story at Business Insider NOW WATCH: The racist origins of marijuana prohibition See Also: Trump just backed off a key proposal on gun control Trump spends almost every weekend at one of his properties, from Mar-a-Lago to...
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