The "Passive-Aggressive" Firing of Rex Tillerson

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"I think it's awful, I guess he thinks it was OK", Trump said.

The departing secretary did not take issue with the decision, but suggested it was made possible by the hard work of his State Department and allies in building sanctions and diplomatic pressure.

Steve Goldstein, the department's under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, confirmed on Tuesday that Tillerson found out about his own firing from Trump's tweet announcing it, and that Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" for his dismissal, which he had not discussed with Trump.

Mr Goldstein was later sacked for contradicting the White House, NBC reports.

"We look forward to continue working with Mike Pompeo", Mr Turnbull told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday. "He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts", Goldstein said.

While the message was aimed at Pyongyang, it also helped Tillerson make the case for peace at the White House. In those disputes, we more often agreed with Tillerson on issues like staying in the Paris climate change agreement, conducting negotiations with North Korea (a strategy Trump now seems to embrace), and Russia's role in disrupting the 2016 election.

But this might not be the end of Trump's relationship with Tillerson.

All of the officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man", Trump wrote on Twitter.

President Trump has announced the departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Corker, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, does not think Tillerson's exit will hinder or derail the ongoing Iran Deal or Trump's potential upcoming talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono had been planning a trip to the United States later this week to hold talks with Tillerson about the latest developments in North Korea.

He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron". He shares numerous president's opinions and has plenty of experience communicating with Trump thanks to his daily intelligence briefing.

While Pompeo was a fierce critic of the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a congressman, he tempered his views when testifying before Congress in January 2017 to seek confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director. "Whether addressing the North Korean threat, fixing or nixing the broken Iran nuclear pact, or dealing with Russian Federation and China, any president deserves the right to have not only the strongest team available working on behalf of the American people, but also the individuals that he believes are best able to collaborate with him to achieve his policy objectives".

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who worked with Pompeo in the House, said he is optimistic about Trump's choice, especially given Pompeo's history of being tough on Russian Federation. According to The New York Times, White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, called Tillerson and asked him to return early to Washington, advising, "You may get a tweet". Trump said there was no reason to consult him because no matter what the group decided, Tillerson would be against it, the official said.

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