He was more loyal to Obama’s Iran nuke deal than he was to Pres. Trump…
WFB: Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal: State Department efforts to undermine White House agenda sparked firing
The abrupt firing Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson follows months of infighting between the State Department and White House over efforts by Tillerson to save the Iran nuclear deal and ignore President Donald Trump’s demands that the agreement be fixed or completely scrapped by the United States, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
In the weeks leading up to Tillerson’s departure, he had been spearheading efforts to convince European allies to agree to a range of fixes to the nuclear deal that would address Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program and continued nuclear research.
While Trump had prescribed a range of fixes that he viewed as tightening the deal’s flaws, Tillerson recently caved to European pressure to walk back these demands and appease Tehran while preserving the deal, according to these sources. The Free Beacon first disclosed this tension last week in a wide-ranging report.
White House allies warned Tillerson’s senior staff for weeks that efforts to save the nuclear deal and balk on Trump’s key demands regarding the deal could cost Tillerson his job, a warning that became reality Tuesday when Trump fired Tillerson by tweet.
Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a former member of Congress who established a record as being tough on Iran and echoing many of the policies called for by Trump. Insiders expect Pompeo to take a much harder line on the nuclear deal and pursue many of the fixes advocated by Trump, such as outlawing Iran’s ballistic missile program and instating fierce repercussions for any future breach.
While Tillerson’s exit had been rumored for months, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation said the former secretary’s repeated attempts to balk the White House and pursue his own diplomatic strategy, particularly regarding Iran, triggered his sudden exit…
More on this Tillerson firing timeline @ HotAir.
Also this: Why was Rex Tillerson fired? Think North Korea
The move to oust Tillerson makes sense. With the diplomatic storm that is coming, Trump needs the right team to guide him through some tough challenges ahead.
In the next few months, the Trump administration has some pretty big national security challenges it must tackle. Most pressing of all: what to do about North Korea?
In fact, according to a report by Fox News, the president decided to make this decision ahead of the expected upcoming summit between him and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
While it might be highly disruptive, making the move now makes sense. If Tillerson was against the potential summit, and President Trump felt that he and Tillerson did not have the needed working relationship to make sure the president was ready for what could be the ultimate of meetings, then this paring had to be terminated – ASAP.
President Trump simply can’t walk into that summit, or even prep for it, without having not only top-tier people he can trust but also people he has good chemistry with. This might explain some of the reason needed to make the move – and make it now.
In the next few weeks, the Trump administration will be involved in a high-stakes poker game with North Korea that is highly reminiscent of the backroom dealing that took place during the Cold War or summitry that takes place with China and other great powers. The stakes could not be higher.
Important questions will need to be decided. Where will this potential summit with North Korea take place? Who will accompany the president on the trip? What happens if North Korea makes demands like the removal of sanctions before the summit can take place? Will the administration ask for a roadmap of what North Korea will do to rid itself of its nuclear weapons program?
Additional questions to be answered: What will the Trump administration and U.S. allies South Korea and Japan offer to North Korea if it is willing to denuclearize? Will the U.S. and its allies, for example, open diplomatic ties with the North? Sign a peace treaty?
This most likely explains why Trump let Tillerson go. When you combine the countless number of questions and scenarios on the North Korea issue – and compound that with issues like renegotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), the Iran nuclear deal, what to do about Syria, and the always complex challenge of Russia – President Trump needs a secretary of state he has confidence in. Since this was not the case, it was time for Tillerson to go.
Poll: Approval of Trump’s handling of North Korea increases
Tillerson has opposed just about everything Trump has done, or plans to do, from abandoning the ridiculous Paris Climate Accord to trade and obviously to the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson’s ideology is not inline with Trump’s “America first” ideology. Buh-bye, and here’s your letter of recommendation from the Oval Office desk on presidential stationary.
Over the decades of my being a ‘student’ of our federal government monolith I have always pondered the conservative disdain for the U.S. State Department. I have learned more about the valid reason(s) why over the last couple administrations, and this is one of those empirical evidence lessons (the biggest seeing how Hillary’s State ran amuck in Obama’s administration).
AoSHQ: Pro-Iran-Deal Tillerson Fired; Iran Hardliner Mike Pompeo to Lead State; CIA Careerist Gina Haspel Promoted to Head of CIA – Tillerson Aide Who Contradicted WH Timeline on Firing, Fired
And the left and the democrats and their leftist MSM calling for Mueller to investigate THIS latest firing can fuck-off. These people serve the POTUS, and he can fire them whenever he so wishes for any or no reason whatsoever.
Mollie Hemingway: Media Can’t Figure Out if Tillerson Proves Or Disproves Their Russia Conspiracy Theory: Media said picking Tillerson was evidence for Russia collusion theory. Now they say firing him is evidence for the same conspiracy theory.
Ace echoes bigly: “As I keep saying, it’s about time we demand the Conspiracy Theorists begin telling us specifically what they believe and what they don’t … There is a game in politics. The Truthers played this game; some politicians hoping to curry favors with the Truthers played it. Like John Kerry.
The game goes like this: While not explicitly endorsing a conspiracy theory for which there is no evidence, you sort of talk it up to maintain its viability as a political attack point. You don’t say definitively you believe it — you just say, as Patterico says today, it raises “interesting” questions … It’s one thing for politicians to do this — they lie. But pundits and analysts and “thinkers” and “experts” are supposed to tell you exactly what they think…”
Read the entirety of Ace’s spot-on rant on the conspiracy-enabling talking-head in The Swamp that keep this bullshit alive and churning, in spite of knowing it’s all just bullshit.
Twitchy: ‘CLASSIC’! Nancy Pelosi’s about-face on Rex Tillerson just got a little more desperate [pics]
WSJ: ‘Rex, Eat the Salad:’ Inside the Awkward Relationship Between Tillerson and Trump
Chris Cillizza and a CNN ‘supervising producer’ selectively quote Trump on Russia, and it’s BAD