Tillerson Decision Hinged On Differences Over North Korea
Sources familiar with the internal deliberations over the firing of Rex Tillerson are speaking up.
Tillerson was fired as U.S. secretary of state this week, finding out about his termination via Twitter.
In recent weeks Trump has been prepping for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over... ...with CIA deputy director Gina Haspel set to replace Pompeo.
Sources say it was differences over how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear challenge that were a key factor.
Tillerson had been an early advocate of talks with North Korea This annoyed President Trump, who wanted to apply pressure on Pyongyang before responding to the invitation to meet Kim Jong Un.
Another key aim was to get the team Trump wanted in place prior to moving ahead with the talks.