Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

For GOP Voters, Pompeo's Good, But He's No Tillerson

For GOP Voters, Pompeo's Good, But He's No Tillerson

As the former chief executive of ExxonMobil, Tillerson was on a first-name basis with foreign leaders and understood the delicate interplay between business and diplomacy.

The sources told AP the president believes Shulkin has "become a distraction" and has been given a final warning. John McCain has already spoken out against her record and Rand Paul said that he will vote against her because of it.

In February, the VA inspector general released a report that stated Shulkin misused government resources to fund a trip to Europe in the summer. The 11-day trip only featured five and a half days of official events and travel and cost the VA at least $122,334.

"While Mr. Tillerson shortsightedly urged Saudi Arabia and allies in the quartet to end their boycott of Qatar, Mr. Trump named Doha 'a funder of terrorism at a very high level, '" The National's editorial page said.

That was echoed by Ali Khorram, a former Iranian envoy to the United Nations, in the pro-reform daily newspaper Arman.

For GOP Voters, Pompeo's Good, But He's No Tillerson
For GOP Voters, Pompeo's Good, But He's No Tillerson

On "Late Night With Seth Meyers", the host said the news of Tillerson's firing was announced via Twitter, but joked that it was "technically a retweet", then displayed an image of a fake tweet written by Russian President Vladimir Putin that said, "You're Fired, Rex".

"History will remember that a Gulf state had a role in expelling the foreign minister of a superpower and that's just the tip of the iceberg", he wrote.

Several Democrats criticized Trump's choices of Pompeo, saying that Pompeo's hawkish positions and seeming willingness to bend facts as CIA director - such as saying the intelligence community had determined that Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of the 2016 election - made him unsuitable for the role of top diplomat. "It's a dismissal of someone who allegedly called Trump a moron".

President Trump tapped CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be his new secretary of State. Tillerson, an Eagle Scout and man of principle, absolutely refused the kind of right-or-wrong, blind alignment with the president that Trump demanded. They have also pushed Washington to take a harder line on Qatar, which they and other Arab nations have boycotted since last year, accusing it of supporting extremist groups and cozying up to Iran. After Trump did his best to destroy America's close relationship with Mexico, Trump assigned Kushner to repair the damage. "The latter are exceedingly rare but I would put [Defense] Secretary [James] Mattis in the second category".

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.

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