U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein was fired on Tuesday after he said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason" for being sacked.
As for Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO whom Trump picked as his administration's top Cabinet official, the president said simply, "we disagreed on things".
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.
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France had another excellent chance soon after but Gael Fickou was stopped before the line after Remy Grosso broke the defense. Machenaud booted his fourth penalty going into the final quarter, a raft of replacements boosting France's momentum.
The White House called Goldstein to tell him that he is no longer needed.
Iran agreed before Mr Trump took office to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. Blessing said he believes the president will have Pompeo play on his knowledge of North Korea and Russian Federation. "Really, it was a different mind-set, a different thinking".
Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia and the Pacific until last April and now at the Asia Society Policy Institute, said Tillerson's replacement by Pompeo could be positive for dialogue with North Korea. Pompeo was brought into the White House Friday after returning from an overseas trip and was offered the job formally by phone Saturday.
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Laidlaw described the back-to-back losses as disappointing, particularly given how well the Kiwis played in downing South Africa. Argentina took second spot and moved through to the Cup quarter-finals having beat Samoa 22-7 and Wales 35-12.
Former U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy said Trump's firing of Tillerson is not a surprise, but will likely mean the State Department's career staff could be even more excluded from preparing for a Kim-Trump meeting.
Hours later, Mr Goldstein was himself fired. Tillerson and Trump publicly clashed throughout the first year of Trump's presidency. So far, Trump has kept the U.S.in the deal despite his misgivings. After hours of bureaucratic tug-of-war, Tillerson, in his final somber turn before the cameras, said he would be delegating his responsibilities to deputy secretary John Sullivan at the end of the workday and would resign effective at the end of the month. The president will still make off-the-cuff decisions, send unhelpful tweets and subcontract large, ill-defined areas of foreign policy to relatives.
Many of Trump's top national security aides, like Tillerson, have argued that the United States is better off with the Iran nuclear deal than without it. Last week, top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, quit after Trump announced trade tariffs that would affect USA allies.
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During the interview, he reportedly offered a hypothetical scenario involving himself and someone named Charlie. The program also featured a panel hosted by Soledad O'Brien, which was interspersed throughout the interview.
Critics said the move would sow more instability in the volatile Trump administration and marks the departure of another moderate who sought to emphasise the United States' strong ties to its allies amid Trump's criticism. Trump is also said to respect Pompeo's military background and West Point pedigree. It also remains to be seen how Pompeo's presence at the helm will affect Trump's posture toward North Korea and Russia, which Tillerson - once seen as too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin - blasted in a press conference on his way out the door.