Sec­re­tary of state fired by Trump

Mod­er­ate Rex Tiller­son re­placed with Mike Pom­peo

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U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has fired Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son, with whom he had re­peat­edly clashed, and re­placed him with CIA di­rec­tor Mike Pom­peo, a right-wing former con­gress­man who has ad­vo­cated an ag­gres­sive pos­ture to­ward North Korea and Iran.

The de­ci­sion could re­sult in the fur­ther hard­en­ing of Trump for­eign pol­icy. With last week’s res­ig­na­tion of chief eco­nomic ad­viser Gary Cohn, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is los­ing two of its top ad­vo­cates of mod­er­a­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al­ism. Pom­peo has sought to dis­man­tle the Iran nu­clear deal Tiller­son sup­ported, and he has hinted at a de­sire to oust North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un.

It is also pos­si­ble, an­a­lysts said, that the re­place­ment of Tiller­son with Pom­peo will not have ma­jor pol­icy ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Trump has never seemed in­clined to lis­ten to his diplo­mats, and his de­ci­sion-mak­ing has fre­quently been driven more by his own im­pulses than the ad­vice of any ap­pointee.

“I don’t know. And I don’t think any­body knows,” Aaron David Miller, a former ad­viser to six sec­re­taries of state, said of how Pom­peo’s ar­rival will af­fect the fate of the Iran deal.

out­go­ing u.s. sec­re­tary of state Rex tiller­son makes a state­ment on his de­par­ture Tues­day.

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