Trump's new Secretary of State has received most money from Koch Industries

  • Trump's new Secretary of State has received most money from Koch Industries

Trump's new Secretary of State has received most money from Koch Industries

Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile programme; the terms under which global inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear programme start to expire after 10 years.

In December, Tillerson had offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a USA demand that Pyongyang must accept that any negotiations would be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Trump had signaled as a presidential candidate that he would consider resuming interrogation methods that President Barack Obama had banned. "This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces".

Stephen Miles, the director of Win Without War, a coalition of anti-war activists, called Pompeo's nomination "a really bad signal". "Americans should all hope that Mike Pompeo is more successful at dealing with this particular president". "He has said how he feels about it and he has given no indication that he has changed his position today".

Miles told Al-Monitor that his coalition plans to lobby Senate offices against Pompeo's nomination similar to their campaign past year against Tillerson. "And I won't let any director forget it".

Since then, Paul has come out in support of the Iran deal after voting against it in 2015, saying the United States should stay in as long as Iran continues to be found in compliance. "This churn undermines American national security".

Only about 60 of roughly 150 State Department posts requiring Senate confirmation have been filled, according to The Washington Post.

What gives? Has Feinstein concluded that Haspel will run the Central Intelligence Agency along the lines of the Clapper-Brennan establishment model (what President Trump calls "the swamp"), or at least closer to that model than anyone the president is likely to select instead of her? "The last thing we need is a "yes" man at State who views America's power exclusively through the prism of military power and covert action".

The Trump approach has been one of uncertainty and unpredictability and certainly we will see a little bit of the same in Pompeo taking over State Department.

But a day later, Trump bluntly dismissed Tillerson's efforts.

Even Democrats who voted against the deal, such as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

"From what I've read of Director Pompeo's remarks, they seem to echo the president's", Menendez told Al-Monitor.

Some foreign policy experts criticized the decision to swap out top diplomats so soon before the unprecedented meeting and anxious that Pompeo would encourage Trump to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and be hawkish on North Korea.

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it is too early to tell whether Russian Federation is involved but Tillerson said: "We have full confidence in the U.K.'s [United Kingdom's] investigation and its assessment that Russian Federation was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week". "But this (Tillerson's firing) has been out there as news for truly about at least six I don't think it comes as a major shock".

"With Mike ... we have a very similar thought process", Trump added.

Pompeo will be less inclined to accept compromises that do not clearly resolve the defects of the nuclear deal with Iran. The peril is that the department will become an empty echo of the White House.

Trump fired his Secretary of State because of differences in personal "chemistry".

The move would sow more instability in the volatile Trump administration and marks the departure of another moderate who sought to emphasise the United States' strong ties to its allies amid Trump's criticism, critics said. "It was as though "T-Rex" stomped through Foggy Bottom devouring staff and structures", said Brett Bruen, a former State Department official...

One senior administration official who often sat in the backbenches of those meetings last week described Trump's growing frustration at being hemmed in by his two principal national security Cabinet members.