Tillerson: Important to ensure smooth transition, USA must respond to Russia's behavior

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 13 President Donald Trump holds a meeting with members of his cabinet including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Cabinet Room of the White House

A career State Department diplomat fired by President Donald Trump early in his administration had words of encouragement and advice for newly-ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday afternoon.

As for Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO whom Trump picked as his administration's top Cabinet official, the president said simply, "we disagreed on things". Tillerson also had policy differences with Trump, supporting both the Paris accord on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump himself acknowledged Tuesday before boarding Air Force One for California that he and Tillerson had been discussing him leaving since the summer.

Russian Federation "has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS", Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing in January of 2017.

The idea for the summit first came together around last September, not long after President Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea in response to its ongoing weapons testing. "I think it's important we just continue to say to Russia, 'Look, you think we don't see what you're doing". Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday. The fact is that in many ways Tillerson - despite being a former ExxonMobil chief executive who had never served in government - represents the very Washington establishment that Trump showers with contempt.

According to NBC News, Tillerson said late Monday night that the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom appeared to have "clearly" come from Russia, though whether it was done with the knowledge of the Russian government was not yet known.

The undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, Steve Goldstein, said Mr Tillerson "had every intention of staying" in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security. Hours later, he was sacked, too. That stance was echoed on Tuesday by the USA general who heads the US military command responsible for the Middle East and Central Asia. 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.

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The shoe is on the other foot after past year and I'm sure they will be licking their lips". "So for us it's about making sure we perform and play well, and get the result".

One of Pompeo's biggest challenges would be gaining the trust of a State Department shaken by the departures of many senior diplomats and embittered by proposed budget cuts.

"He must be asked whether he will put our nation's interests above loyalty oaths to the president's personal agenda", Pingree said in a prepared statement.

He also would surely benefit from being more in sync with Trump, who has often been at odds with Tillerson, and would likely be seen by foreign leaders as a more credible surrogate for the president. Last week, top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, quit after Trump announced trade tariffs that would affect United States allies.

Pompeo too has taken a harder line than Trump himself on Russian Federation.

He said he also suspects that Pompeo will have an understanding of the close relationship between the two countries, given his current position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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