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Tillerson: Important to ensure smooth transition, United States must respond to Russia's behavior

Tillerson: Important to ensure smooth transition, United States must respond to Russia's behavior”

Mike Pompeo is U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be the new Secretary of State - and Canada is not likely to be at the top of Pompeo's priority list.

Nearly from the get-go, Tillerson, the former CEO of Irving-based Exxon Mobil, seemed out of sorts and out of step with his mercurial boss.

But no bigger test awaits Pompeo, who as Central Intelligence Agency director earlier had advocated closer consideration of military options against Pyongyang, than the role he plays in putting together the Trump-Kim summit, a potential breakthrough in the tense standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. White House officials said Kelly told Tillerson that Trump wanted a change and he should step down. Yet once he took office, Trump continued to recertify the deal - one of former President Barack Obama's signature foreign policy achievements - but also continued to criticize it. To ease the way for such talks, Tillerson and Mattis wrote an op-ed previous year that said the US had no interest in regime change for North Korea. "What is most important to his to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges", Tillerson said. Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waves goodbye after speaking at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday. Goldstein said Tillerson was "unaware of the reason" he was sacked and "had had every intention of staying", feeling he was making progress on national security.

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Hours later, Mr Goldstein was himself fired.

Pompeo, for instance, has tended to play down the intelligence community's findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and to stress Iran's missile development and role in Middle East conflicts instead of its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal, some officials have said. Inside the State Department, Tillerson's allies have long whispered about the rumors of his imminent departure, referring to "Rexit". Tillerson's support for the agreement put him at odds with Trump on one of the president's top foreign policy issues. Compare Tillerson's response to that of Pompeo.

The President clarified his decisions in an official statement.

But this is the Trump White House, where controversy is never far away.

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Trump has also faced a cloud of ethics allegations surrounding other members of his Cabinet, including Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin - the latter of whom is said to be on thin ice with the president.

Tillerson did not address reports that he had only learned of his sacking earlier that day when he read about it in Trump's tweet, but said he had since spoken to the president by telephone.

"Pompeo may be more effective at running State than his predecessor, but he is not prepared to manage the regional or global policy coordination needed to help the summit with Kim succeed", he said.

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