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Trump style: Dropping the pilot

16 Marcha 2018, 09:58 | Bibiana Flor

It is impossible to separate the character of the Trump administration from the system that has produced it: capitalism.

This appeared to contradict the initial support from Trump, who tweeted on June 6: "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".

Under a different president, say, Hillary Clinton, Mr. Tillerson might have been an excellent secretary of state.

Mr Trump praised the strength of his relationship with Mr Pompeo, saying they had "chemistry". He has nominated the director of the CIA to take Tillerson's place and the vacant position will now be filled by the Deputy Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel.

The firing - and Trump's specious explanation of it - is the latest evidence that the Trump White House is determined to shield Vladimir Putin's Kremlin from international condemnation of its atrocities.

"Look, we have two incredibly skilled, qualified individuals to lead these two agencies", Sanders said.

In his new job, Pompeo is likely to have more power and a lot more influence to carry that out.

The pressure on Trump to forcefully respond to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain, and his daughter Yulia escalated Wednesday when May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and severed high-level contacts with Moscow.

Shortly afterward, Goldstein himself was fired for contradicting the White House - though apparently that wasn't the only reason. "We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America".

Second, the failure to staff the State Department fully - leaving open critical ambassadorships (e.g., to South Korea), undersecretary slots (e.g., for political affairs, the No. 4 position in the department) and assistant secretary posts (e.g. for democracy, human rights and labor) - must be rectified promptly.

Asked by Newsmax if the Trump administration felt the same way about Paul as it did about the Democratic lawmakers, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied she felt the point being made was "about people who have supported Director Pompeo already through the confirmation process".

"There'll be more of this in the next months and he can say he is preparing for re-election, or the mid-terms, or North Korean talks". And given there has been almost no ground-work lain for such a summit, that's a genuine risk.

The move amounts to a major shake-up in Mr Trump's national security team and comes despite denials in the past from the president that he wanted Mr Tillerson gone. "The bottom line is that he fully understands our defense requirements", Ben-David said.

Pompeo, a 54-year-old former congressman for Kansas's 4th District, is considered very supportive of Israel.

Why fire Tillerson on Tuesday?

One commentator has likened what has happened to Tillerson to the 1890 overthrow of the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck by imperial Germany's new Kaiser, Wilhelm II, an event characterized in a celebrated cartoon entitled "Dropping the Pilot". Pompeo described the meetings as normal contacts for the heads of espionage services. So what exactly is it that they want?

John Rizzo, who was the CIA's acting general counsel in the period after the Sept. 11 attacks, also believes a renewed discussion could be helpful.

Last year, Haspel's name came up during a civil lawsuit in Spokane, Washington, filed by three men who said they suffered waterboarding, beatings and sleep deprivation in the CIA interrogation program developed by former Spokane psychologists James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.

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