USA: Why I Sacked Secretary of State Tillerson - President Trump

President Donald Trump said he fired America's top diplomat because they disagreed on foreign policy. In a press statement yesterday at the White House the President Trump said"I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking," 
Rex Tilerson and President Trump
The president said they clashed over the Iran nuclear deal. He wants to tear up the international agreement while Tillerson cautioned that breaking America's commitment could make it harder to reach a deal with North Korea.

The president also had rejected Tillerson's advice to stick with U.S. commitments to the Paris climate change accord and an Asia-Pacific free trade deal. He also overruled Tillerson and instead took Jared Kushner's advice to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this year.

Tillerson said last month that he had no plans to resign and dismissed reports -- but did not deny -- that he called Mr. Trump a "moron" in a private meeting.

"I'm not going to dignify the question," Tillerson said when pressed on the issue. "We've got so many bigger issues that we could be talking about."

It was Tillerson's experience as the globetrotting CEO of energy giant Exxon Mobil that originally convinced Mr. Trump to appoint him. Now he plans to retire back to his ranch in Texas.

"I'll now return to private life as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I've had to serve my country," he said.

It's not clear when Pompeo will begin in his new role. One of his first major decisions will be whether to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal in May.

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