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Trump loyalist Pompeo faces North Korea challenge as top diplomat

Trump loyalist Pompeo faces North Korea challenge as top diplomat

Tillerson, the White House said, asked that Trump wait until he returned to the USA, and he shortened his trip to Africa - where much of his mission revolved around softening the impact of Trump's recent reported criticisms.

"Pompeo was a hawk on Iran".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had developed a strong working relationship with Tillerson. "And that was a total mystery because the people at the State Department would work for the devil if he is advancing American interests, which Mr. Tillerson was". "They see a domineering leader who retains the final word on all decision-making and whose subordinates are guided by the leader and not vice versa".

While Pompeo was a fierce critic of the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a congressman, he tempered his views when testifying before Congress in January 2017 to seek confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director. Tillerson has pushed Trump to remain and had been pursuing a delicate strategy with European allies and others to try to improve or augment the Obama-era deal to Trump's liking. The comments generated headlines coming from Tillerson, who retired from his position as CEO of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil after Trump nominated him to serve as the secretary of state.




Trump's position: Trump has questioned news reports and the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, calling the information "fake news" and a "hoax". Schultzin said Pompeo is also more confrontational, especially toward China. Pompeo recently warned that North Korea was "a handful of months" away from being able to carry out an attack on the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile. "When Mike is over in, say, the Koreas or over dealing with Russian Federation or the Middle East, I think people are going to know that he speaks for the president".

Pompeo, for instance, has tended to play down the intelligence community's findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and to stress Iran's missile development and role in Middle East conflicts instead of its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal, some officials have said. Nonetheless, when asked about the potential summit, Tillerson was cautious.

That's not exactly the kind of flattering hyperbole Trump would like to hear from his Cabinet secretaries. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month.

"The shakeup means that State will be cut out - even more so - of preparations for the Kim Jong Un summit despite, ironically, Tillerson having been a proponent of diplomacy", Kennedy told VOA. "These are conditions that the North Korean regime has never submitted to in exchange for conversations". He was a senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast and covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI.


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