Just-fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson never mentioned President Donald Trump by name in farewell remarks Tuesday, confirming that he learned he was out of a job from a Trump Tweet handed him by an aide.
"I wanted to either break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently", Trump said.
"All our work is going into delivering a credible package that is sellable to Trump", said a European diplomat on condition of anonymity.
Pompeo forged a close relationship with Trump as a regular presence in his presidential daily briefing.
After he was sacked by President Donald Trump, Tillerson also said United States efforts to pressure North Korea had worked better than expected and revealed he would pass authority to his deputy at midnight.
Tillerson, who will return to private life, says he will be delegating all of his responsibilities to the State Department's No. 2 official and that he will leave office at the end of the month. Tillerson was appointed to represent the United States and carry out President Trump's agenda. As director of the C.I.A., Mr. Pompeo has likened Iran to the Islamic State and has tried to make a case that Iran is allied with Al Qaeda, even ordering another dive into already-exploited documents captured in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and then taking the highly irregular step of furnishing a cherry-picked result to an advocacy group that opposes the nuclear agreement. And Tillerson's exit follows Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' disastrous interview this week on "60 Minutes" in which she struggled to answer basic education questions, and continuing controversies swirling around the heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Interior, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development. "If confirmed as secretary of state, Director Pompeo must be ready to take a firm line with Vladimir Putin and ensure that the threat Russian Federation poses to our democracy is swiftly addressed".
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"The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason" for his removal, said Goldstein, who also was sacked shortly after the release of the statement. Trump's announcement came only a few hours after Tillerson landed in Washington after a trip that had been cut short.
But it is President Trump who disrespects diplomacy.
During his confirmation hearings for Central Intelligence Agency director, Pompeo dodged all questions about climate change, saying "Frankly, as the director of Central Intelligence Agency, I would prefer today not to get into the details of the climate debate and science".
Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Pompeo, "will do a fantastic job!" and thanked Mr Tillerson for his service. The White House fired Goldstein later Tuesday. The White House said that chief of staff John Kelly had previously told Tillerson he would be replaced.
Public policy aside, in the view of current and former White House officials, Tillerson's "moron" comment to senior administration officials last summer - and the subsequent revelation in the press - permanently eroded trust between the two men and it was only a matter of time before Tillerson would be pushed out. And the US-Russia relations, US-China relations and North Korea seem to be the dominant themes of this administration from a foreign policy perspective to date.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is consulting with the White House and Sen.