Donald Trump disagreed with sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Iran

State Tillerson arrives at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Pompeo, "will do a fantastic job!" and thanked Mr Tillerson for his service. The foreign minister only met with him in September of past year.

Daniel Russel, the top USA 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.

He was repeatedly forced to deny he had fallen out with Trump - vowing to remain in the post despite a sensational report that he once dubbed the president a "moron". There was disagreement between the two over the Iran nuclear deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Syria, Russia, North Korea.

Additional shots could be seen when Tillerson called diplomats "selfless leaders" who are needed when it comes to working with the United States' allies while stating "nothing is possible without allies and partners".

Tillerson's departure adds to a period of intense turnover within Trump's administration that has alarmed those both in and out of the White House.

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Tillerson's insult to Trump's intelligence came after heated discussions about Afghanistan policy, in which Trump had pushed to end the USA presence altogether and flirted with outsourcing the military counterterrorism campaign to private contractors.

He said he suspects Freeland and her team will now be researching Pompeo's home state of Kansas, looking to find areas of commonality and cooperation - particularly on trade.

"The relationship between top management and the bulk of the State Department was toxic", said Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, a former senior diplomat and fellow at the Washington Institute, according to The New York Times. "You're losing what appeared to be a key player, or someone who should be a key in the Trump administration".

"It's a surprise, but Japan-U.S. ties won't be shaken". The declarations of the announcement directly contradicted the information found in the 13 indictments of Russian nationals announced by the head of the Special Counsel investigation, Robert Mueller, just last month.

"We know that we have had great working relationship with many folks, including Rex Tillerson, but I can also say that we've had a great working relationship with his successor, secretary designate Pompeo", he said. "It's Trump's line", said a another European diplomat. "At the same time, I think Mike appreciates this president taking a different approach, really shaking up the situation, and perhaps providing an opening where we can get some different results than we have over the past 25 years". "We do see it and you need to stop", Tillerson said in the Fox interview. Trump was slower to embrace that hard line, though he said after a Tuesday phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May that Russian Federation needed to provide "unambiguous answers" about the incident, adding that whoever was responsible should face consequences.

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