Senator Rand Paul says he opposes Pompeo, Haspel nominations


Trump removed Tillerson on Tuesday and announced CIA director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe CIA may need to call White House to clarify Russian Federation meddling Intel agencies to brief officials from all 50 states on election threats Russian Federation probe complicating House hearing on threats facing U.S.: report MORE would be taking the helm of the State Department.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel could face a tough confirmation battle after a number of lawmakers raised questions on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) about her past involvement in torture of detainees.

Both Alaskan senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, were vocal supporters of Tillerson and his work in the State Department.

One can not talk about "Tillersonism" or pin down a list of achievements that are specifically credited to the 69th secretary of state.

With Pompeo taking the helm of the State Department, Watanabe expects that Washington will be able to beef up "negotiating power". The president told reporters at the White House that he and Mr Tillerson had disagreements over key issues, such as Iran's nuclear deal. I thought that was very deplorable and unfortunate the way it happened. The upheaval adds to concerns over tensions between the US and North Korea.

According to The Washington Post, Trump became annoyed with Tillerson early-on in the presidency and would openly mock Tillerson's "mannerisms and Texas drawl, saying his secretary of state talked too slowly", in the Post's words. Yesterday Mr Trump also lost another close aide in John McEntee, his personal assistant, whom CNN reported to be under investigation for "serious financial crimes".

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Is there a possible link between Tillerson's tour of Africa and his being sacked by Trump? So, in terms of the talks themselves, with Mike Pompeo, if he gets confirmed by the Senate, which is another big "if", we have somebody who seems to support the President wholeheartedly on these talks. Trump perhaps never got over the fact that Tillerson called him a moron, and the relation between the two has since been awkward, to say the least.

"Pompeo has vowed to "roll back" the nuclear deal and has even likened the Iranian government to [the Islamic State group]", she warned. But after 14 demoralizing months of budget cuts and staffing reductions for the State Department, his conservative political bent and closeness to President Donald Trump could breathe new vigor into an agency all too often sidelined on numerous nation's most pressing national security matters.

"We disagreed on things", Trump said Tuesday. "I think Rex is much happier now". Trump was also challenged by most of his cabinet on his rash decision to meet Kim Jong-un.

Trump acknowledged this as an issue Wednesday when he tweeted to blame opposition lawmakers for blocking his picks.

While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by United States sanctions in other areas.