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US Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein fired

13 March 2018

The sources weren't authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.

Media reports said she presided over the torture of key al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri who were interrogated and repeatedly waterboarded at the site.

The State Department said Tillerson learned of his firing when he read Trump's tweet. "A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well".

A victim of severe torture by North Vietnamese guards while a prisoner of war, McCain is seeking assurances from Haspel made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing that the agency "would comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual's interrogation requirements".

Mike Pompeo, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will become our new Secretary of State. Trump tweeted, "He will do a fantastic job!".

Tillerson before being appointed as secretary of state worked closely with Russian Federation as head of U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil, which included meeting regularly with President Vladimir Putin. "Congratulations to all!", Trump tweeted out right before he left for a trip to California.

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Dismissing Tillerson had been discussed at multiple levels for a long time, said a senior White House official, adding that the North Korea overture and invitation brought more urgency to the decision.

If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel will take up Pompeo's post.

On the immediate agenda are a banking bill, a bill to fight sex trafficking and a proposal to avert a government shutdown ahead of a deadline next week. "I've gotten to know a lot of people very well over the past year, and I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the cabinet and other things that I want". After being promoted to a more senior position, Haspel drafted an order to shred the tapes, ProPublica reported, and they were eventually destroyed without approval from the White House or Justice Department.

"With crucial negotiations on the horizon, it is essential the State Department be led by someone as intelligent and energetic as Mike Pompeo". Mr Trump also wants tighter restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program.

"Those statements are just absurd", Pompeo said at the time.

Oppermann, who is deputy speaker of Parliament, said Trump's decision showed the USA president was "capricious and erratic".

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"His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity".

But influential Republican Sen. Tensions between Tillerson and Trump began growing previous year when the media reported that Tillerson called the President a "moron". CEO Rex Tillerson will serve as secretary of state. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, the most prestigious award in the federal civil service.

Goldstein took office as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Political Affairs in December.

One member, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, has already said he will oppose her nomination. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. We have had dinner together. "I think it's going to go very well". "I won't let any director forget it". I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently. Corker said he didn't know what precipitated the firing.

President Donald Trump has shuffled the deck in his cabinet again - and he did it via Twitter. "Even worse, his new nominee to be secretary of state - the highest diplomatic post in the nation - has not expressed any moral opposition to torture".

"I'm a big boy", Goldstein told reporters later.

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The man set to become the new US Secretary of State is a conservative hardliner who has grown close to Donald Trump during a meteoric career.

US Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein fired