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Tillerson Vs. Pompeo: What Trump's Cabinet Shakeup Might Mean For Policy

Tillerson Vs. Pompeo: What Trump's Cabinet Shakeup Might Mean For Policy

Rex Tillerson had differing opinion on several important issues with President Donald Trump especially on Iran nuclear deal, gulf crisis and North Korea.

The dialogue involves External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Besides the cut of budget and personnel recruitment in the State Department, veteran diplomats also accused Tillerson of communicating insufficiently with them.

Tillerson's departure comes just as the Trump administration embarks on its most hard and ambitious foreign policy goal to date - engaging the nuclear armed North Korean regime.

A high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defense Secretary G Mohan Kumar were scheduled to be in U.S. for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue. A former senior official of the State Department told me recently that Tillerson was expected to announce his departure around the first anniversary of his swearing-in, on February 1.

"With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process".

"But if you're talking about broad foreign policy orientations then the fact that Pompeo has made some remarks in the past which essentially says the same thing about China being a big competitor of the United States, as Trump has said, those are, I think, are worrying signs".

"Tillerson's ouster is a sign of continued turbulence in USA foreign policy", said Jessica Chen Weiss, a Cornell University professor.

And of course there was the NBC story last October, which Tillerson never denied although a spokesman did, that he had privately called Trump a "moron".

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"I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want", Trump told reporters on Tuesday. For all his faults, Tillerson knew that a war with a nuclear-armed state was a bad idea.

However, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said her background made her unsuitable, adding: "If Ms Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of United States intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past".

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Others, though, expressed concern that Pompeo's views on foreign policy fall more closely in line with Trump than did Tillerson's.

In a public statement, Tillerson said he would move swiftly to ensure a calm transition for his replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Nor was Pompeo likely to restore the influence of the State Department on policy-making that had drastically waned under Tillerson, Brenner cautioned.

Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office.

While Tillerson sought to reduce staffing at embassies and consulates overseas, and seemed to hoard numerous agency's minutest decisions among a small group of advisers, Pompeo sent more spies to the field and tried to improve the CIA's agility and speed by cutting bureaucratic red tape and moving decision-making down the chain of command. He specifically mentioned the Iran nuclear deal as an example of disagreement. He also singled out Russia for its apparent role in the Soviet-era nerve weapon used to poison a former Russian double agent in Britain - a position that initially diverged from the White House. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".

"If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President's foreign policy", Pompeo wrote.

"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".