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Donald Trump dumps Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

"We hope that this personnel change will at the least not have any effect on the development of Sino-US bilateral relations or Sino-US cooperation in some important areas", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular press briefing. Hours later, he was sacked too. For Tillerson, from the president, there was no farewell and no thanks.

"It reinforces the narrative that the administration is in chaos, that Trump does things impetuously", he explained.

Trump announced the changes in a morning Twitter post and later told reporters more about why he removed Tillerson. Tillerson never denied using the word. "We pray for the best for Secretary Tillerson in all his future endeavours". He takes over as the chief USA diplomat as the United States is finalising the imposition of hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium that have upset a number of Asian trading partners. Whatever our doubts about him, though, he was an adult.

The exodus has hit long-serving loyalists and outside luminaries recruited to be policy guides for an inexperienced commander-in-chief facing crucial decisions.

Senators yesterday fretted and poked fun at the public firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but some anxious the arduous process of confirming his replacement could bring the Senate to a halt. The chances of war with Iran and North Korea will rise.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, where Pompeo became editor of the Harvard Law Review, he ran two businesses in Kansas. "He will find us deeply ready to engage".

Mr. Pompeo, a former Tea Party Republican congressman, is mostly famous for his pugnacious right-wing partisanship and for his harsh criticism of the global agreement circumscribing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Tillerson was a check on a reckless, mercurial president.

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When the president last week announced that he would meet with Kim Jong-un-right after Tillerson said there would be no negotiations-it was clear that the secretary was in bureaucratic Siberia.

Tillerson had planned to play a central role in preparations for the president's meeting with Kim in May. The North Koreans are unlikely to offer any.

Tillerson and Mattis had pressed a skeptical Trump to stick with the nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers, and Tillerson has taken a more hawkish view than Trump on Russian Federation.

"This indicates, one can reasonably argue, a lack of willingness or ability on Trump's part to see disagreements resolved".

Bigger questions loom about Pompeo's ability to counteract Trump's often unpredictable decision-making processes. He suggested for Trump to fire other cabinet members like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her painful 60 Minutes interview. After all, it's another part of Barack Obama's legacy - with affordable health care, environmental and industrial regulation, the Paris Agreement on climate change - that he can not abide.

The hawkish alliance of Pence, Pompeo and Haley may seek to balance the influence of the three generals, most notably on Middle East-related issues. Iran will refuse, withdraw from the agreement and restart its nuclear program.

Once in office, Tillerson was seen as a comparatively moderate voice on climate change, advocating that the US stay in the Paris Climate Agreement, for example. Pompeo will give Trump permission. "No one has a stronger relationship with President Trump than Mike Pompeo". They will validate his rages, ignite his impulses and feed his conspiracies. I suspect the only thing that kept him from being even worse was that some former Secretaries of State, like Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell, reached out to him and tried to help him become a more conventional secretary than he otherwise would have been.

Andrew Cohen is a journalist, professor and author of Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the 48 Hours That Made History.

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