Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pompeo Entering State Dept. With Trump Confidence, Something Tillerson Never Enjoyed

Pompeo Entering State Dept. With Trump Confidence, Something Tillerson Never Enjoyed

The dialogue involves External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked by Trump on March 13, ending a rocky tenure as the nation's top diplomat for the former chief executive of Exxon. "He just sent Tillerson to Africa to clean up for his own mess and now all the new alliances and relationships that were made there, they have no one to talk to".

A high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defense Secretary G Mohan Kumar were scheduled to be in USA for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue.

A top aide said Tillerson did not speak to the president before his firing was announced and was not given a reason for his dismissal. We thank him for that and congratulate him on his great work and we look forward to working with Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo's best chance for success lies in persuading his boss that he is not, as Trump once said, "the only one that matters" in foreign policy. "Tillerson has at times been quite critical of China, including of Belt and Road", Jia said. Ms Kang is set to hold talks with Washington on Friday to discuss the planned meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump that is expected to be held by May.

Fuelling talk of a serious falling out between the pair, Mr Tillerson was reported late a year ago to have referred to Mr Trump as a "moron" after a national security meeting a few months earlier.

He also made a point to remind his colleague to honor the oath they took to defend and support the constitution, snubbing the president. For all his faults, Tillerson knew that a war with a nuclear-armed state was a bad idea. Rather, he was said to rely on his top aides, "neither of whom had much experience or knowledge about numerous countries they discussed".

He said Trump called him hours after he tweeted about him being fired. Most important for China was that Pompeo makes contact with his Chinese counterparts to ensure a smooth meeting between Kim and Trump as soon as possible, said Ruan Zongze, a former Chinese diplomat now with the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank affiliated with the Foreign Ministry. One thing is sure; we have not heard the end of the behind-the-scenes decision to fire Tillerson and its connection with Trump's policies towards Russian Federation.


Mr Trump has named Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to replace Mr Tillerson as the top U.S. diplomat.

Another issue now in limbo is the negotiations to strengthen the Iran nuclear deal. It also noted that Mr Tillerson's exit had been rumoured for some time and that it was the latest in a string of departures of Trump officials.

Rex Tillerson's tenure as Secretary of State is over and it nearly feels like an act of mercy to put an old, sick pet down.

Tillerson had emerged as a vocal critic on Russian Federation - for its role in the annexation of Crimea, support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and alleged meddling in the US election.

Just Tuesday, Trump praised a GOP draft report that challenges an assessment by US intelligence that Russian meddling in the 2016 election was an effort to help Trump.

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.

"I do not expect an emergence of true diplomacy and may in fact result in a more tense geopolitical environment to include further alienation of many traditional allies", Washington's Eurasia Center Vice President Earl Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".

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