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The Latest: Paul to oppose Trump's pick for State, CIA picks

Remember these guys? US President Donald and Vice President Mike Pence back when Reince Priebus was Chief of Staff Sean The Latest: Paul to oppose Trump's pick for State, CIA picks
Glenn Montgomery | 10 April, 2018, 20:29

He said he made the decision to meet with Kim without consulting Tillerson. The 11-day trip only featured five and a half days of official events and travel and cost the VA at least $122,334.

For Israel, the Pompeo announcement appears to be good news for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been an outspoken opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal and who sees Iran's involvement in neighboring Lebanon and Syria as a major threat. He looks the part and, as the long-time CEO of ExxonMobil, one of the world's largest public companies, he knew just about everyone worth knowing, especially the folks in those unstable regions of the world upon which (at least prior to the fracking revolution) America depended on to help with price stability in the oil market.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo - like Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster - understands the high stakes of keeping smart, level-headed thinkers in the most consequential Cabinet positions.

The Republican senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday that he would oppose Trump's nomination of Jina Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo, the current CIA chief, accusing her of having shown "joyful glee" during the torture of terrorism suspects.

"Yet now he picks for secretary of state and CIA director people who embody them, defend them and, I'm afraid, will repeat them".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps away from the podium after speaking to reporters following his firing by Donald Trump
ANDREW HARNIK AP Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps away from the podium after speaking to reporters following his firing by Donald Trump

"Pompeo is very interested in waging a war similar to the Iraq war by citing international regulations", Khorram wrote. We cannot streamline these relations by claiming that they are limited to trade deals and military contracts.There is an eternal struggle among the world's powers regarding who attracts the US government to its side and its cause; and we suffered a lot with the Obama administration when it stopped selling us weapons and ammunition when we were in the middle of a serious war.What about Qatar, whose name was associated with the name of former secretary of state Tillerson? After Trump did his best to destroy America's close relationship with Mexico, Trump assigned Kushner to repair the damage.

Already in Iran, some are expressing concerns. Tillerson, an Eagle Scout and man of principle, absolutely refused the kind of right-or-wrong, blind alignment with the president that Trump demanded. Tillerson's reported word to describe the president was "moron".

Trump clearly was never comfortable being upstaged by someone of Tillerson's intellect and experience.

Tillerson is different. The president, speaking to reporters gathered outside the south portico of the White House Tuesday, said he and Tillerson got along "quite well but we disagreed on things" including the Iran treaty and, one presumes, the direction that should be taken in the upcoming talks between the United States and North Korea.

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