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Russia-US relations unlikely to deteriorate further after Tillerson's departure

Russia-US relations unlikely to deteriorate further after Tillerson's departure

"I will not support their nominations".

"It's much better for Japan to have someone ... who shares similar views with President Trump" than someone who has friction with him, like Tillerson.

The key to Hook's survival may be his long-standing reputation in Republican foreign policy circles, bolstered by the access he gained as Tillerson's liaison with the White House.

More changes are coming.

Harry Kazianis, director of defence studies at the Washington-based Centre for the National Interest, warned SCMP to expect a more aggressive approach to Beijing's territorial claims, including in the South China Sea and Taiwan.

"I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service", Trump said.

A news screen in Tokyo flashes a report of President Donald Trump's agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The same is increasingly true of the Oval Office.

However, the Trump administration will have difficulty lining up support from key allies and other worldwide partners, and not just because it is burning bridges at a torrid pace (see: steel tariffs, Paris Climate Agreement).

If Paul's unhappy now, just wait until Trump picks John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster. A White House official said Trump's replacement of Tillerson was part of an effort to have a new team in place before the North Korea talks and trade negotiations. Trump regularly vents at his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump summarily fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "This relationship will empower him throughout his tenure as secretary of state".

Pompeo, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives, was confirmed as Central Intelligence Agency director with the support of two-thirds of the Senate past year. So far the North Korean leader has deftly outplayed the Americans, and the under-staffed U.S. diplomatic team will need to go into overdrive to catch up.

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"The United States is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind - or at least it was one of the reasons", Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying by state news agency ISNA on March 14. "We have to move on".

"I think he's going to have a tough time here", said Sen.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts acknowledged the confirmation battle could be different from previous year when Pompeo - a fellow Kansan - asked for his advice about the job.

In additional to Cohn and Tillerson, recent departures from the Trump administration include outgoing communications director Hope Hicks, staff secretary Rob Porter, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and deputy communications director Josh Raffel.

Some State Department officials said Tillerson did not know he had been fired until he saw Trump's tweet. "European powers will play a role in balancing his desire".

His departure added to fears that if the meeting fails, the USA will lurch closer to war with North Korea.

Tillerson praised his top aides for being "extraordinarily dedicated" to advancing "values that I view as being very important: The safety and security of our State Department personnel; accountability, which means treating each other with honesty and integrity; and respect for one another, most recently, in particular, to address challenges of sexual harassment within the department".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez said in a statement that Tillerson's firing highlights Trump's lack of understanding of how the State Department promotes U.S. interests and advances national security.

For one thing, as many observers have noted, it will be hard to credibly persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program even as we're tearing up a comparable deal that the United States and other members of the worldwide community have made with Tehran - a deal aimed at preventing Iran from starting such a program. That work has been done chiefly by Tillerson's policy planning chief Brian Hook. And it's also clear that Tillerson's firing is another tear in an otherwise frayed administration.

Tillerson became a surprise choice for Secretary of State. "There is always this hope", Peskov said at a regular press briefing.

Trumbore says Tillerson wasn't particularly effective at his job.


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