Is CIA Director Pompeo a good choice for Secretary of State?

Is CIA Director Pompeo a good choice for Secretary of State?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's ouster after 14 months on the job is a clear sign that he never was a great fit in the administration, Reagan White House veteran and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan said Wednesday.

Donald Trump on Tuesday sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had frequently been at odds with the mercurial US president.

In 2014, when nuclear negotiations were going on, Pompeo, then a Republican congressman from Kansas, called for the U.S. and its allies to conduct airstrikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, saying it would take "under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity".

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said his differences with Mr Tillerson came down to personal "chemistry".

Trump is looking to replace the top man at the State Department with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but getting his pick confirmed may not be the easiest of tasks.

Shulkin's days at the VA may be numbered after a bruising internal report found ethics violations in connection with his trip to Europe with his wife last summer, according to senior administration officials.

Radsan says the public record shows Haspel ran one of these secret sites and supervised at least two of these "harsh" interrogations.

The next day, Friday, Trump told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to tell Tillerson he needed to resign, White House officials said. So we were not really thinking the same. The former Exxon Mobil CEO was among the advisers who reportedly tried to stop the president from ordering steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Trump, the most unqualified person to ever occupy the Oval Office in Washington, loves to surround himself with sycophants who tell him how wonderful he is and it appears the new Secretary of State will fit right in.

Burns and others think that leaving the deal now would further strain U.S. relations with Europe, isolate America internationally and ultimately run counter to American interests.

"Instead of being concerned with the pact, we should be wary of losing our friends", Tajik concluded. What about our shared interest in combating Sunni extremists - the Islamic State and al-Qaeda - in Syria and Iraq? He is stroking his own ego, not moving forward a recognizable policy objective. There is no non-diplomatic process that will bring them home alive. And domestic affairs. Not to mention the continued distraction of the Mueller investigation. Feinstein chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee when it produced a massive 2014 report describing the CIA's harsh detention and interrogation programs.

At AEI, Pompeo told me that the CIA assesses that Kim is a rational actor, which means that, given accurate information about the president's intentions, Kim should make a rational decision that will not lead to the destruction of his regime.

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