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22:12US Quitting JCPOA Could Hurt Its Reputation Rather Than Iran Deal

Gina Haspel a veteran CIA clandestine officer picked by U.S. President Donald Trump to head the Central Intelligence Agency is shown in this handout Gina Haspel's Nomination as CIA Director Controversial Amid Torture Concerns REUTERS CIA Handout
Glenn Montgomery | 17 March, 2018, 02:15

He also noted that it was he who had declared on his first trip to Asia as Secretary of State that the "era of strategic patience is over".

Fictional communications director Toby Ziegler and press secretary CJ Cregg would be spinning in their graves - if they were real and if they were dead - at the daily disasters resulting from Donald Trump's liberal, uncensored and unfettered use of the Twittersphere. His chief sponsors were Bush aides, Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates. Trump's version of "America First" views worldwide alliances as costly encumbrances; Tillerson wanted to preserve them. "The president spoke in the presence of his staff and senior government officials when he told me that if there is no significant change he'll pull out of the Iran nuclear deal".

Tillerson simply could not have filled that role.

The newly nominated secretary of state shares the president's dim view.

Tillerson's defenders said he was a voice for moderation, and he was - but an ineffective one. Trump always saw Obama's nuclear deal with Tehran as a major USA foreign policy failure.

Nor did Tillerson ever sincerely attempt to win over his boss on a personal level. President Trump used a tweet over the weekend to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Rumors began circulating nearly six months ago that Trump was ready to fire his ill-fitting secretary of State. His new chief diplomat will be Mike Pompeo, a hardline partisan and former member of Congress who as director of the Central Intelligence Agency for the past year has become one of Mr Trump's favourite aides and loyal defenders (see Lexington). Meanwhile, the president has been criticized for publicly undermining Secretary Tillerson.

"Donald Trump is a lone-wolf president who doesn't want to co-govern with anybody and doesn't want anyone else getting the credit", said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley of Rice University.

On the surface, the former tea party congressman from Kansas looks like the anti-Tillerson. Tillerson's tenure produced a genuine morale crisis at State, with precious talent walking out the door almost every week. Pompeo is swaggering, loquacious and brashly hard line. Some Democratic senators objected when she was named the CIA's deputy director a year ago, but that position did not require Senate confirmation. He's won Trump's heart the same way Defense Secretary James N.

Over Iran, Tillerson's successor, Mike Pompeo is very much on the same page as Trump. After Trump's election, then-Rep.

"Pompeo will now be responsible for shaping American foreign policy that will likely have harmful effects on Muslim Americans and Muslims across the world", Beirich said in a statement released Tuesday.

In 2013, while serving in the House of Representatives, Mr. Pompeo alleged that any Muslim leader who did not denounce acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam could be "potentially complicit" in the attacks. So it follows that the emotions surrounding his departure and the arrival of Mike Pompeo are complicated.

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good thing about there being a time difference between the UK and the east coast of the United States and it's this.

On North Korea, he believes that it may be impossible to force Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear force immediately and that the United States should pursue the "secondary goal" of stopping nuclear tests.

If Iran decides to withdraw from the deal, it would stand alone against the USA and Europe, an unattractive scenario that would send Iran back to square one. He has consistently argued that Russian Federation is a bigger threat than Trump seems to think.

Tillerson offered solid, traditional foreign-policy counsel.

"Tillerson's ouster is a sign of continued turbulence in USA foreign policy", said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor. And, as head of the Central Intelligence Agency for the past year, the former Republican congressman likely knows more about Mr. Kim and North Korea than any member of the USA foreign-policy establishment.

"He understood the importance of that role and he argued for the U.S. to play that role".

Once confirmed and in office, Tillerson and Trump clearly did not get any closer and in no way formed even a decent working partnership. He is in a position to support the best aspects of Trump's instinctual approach while acting to check his less well-considered beliefs.

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