The truth is that Tillerson never should have been put in that position in the first place.
Tillerson was frequently at odds with the mercurial president and Trump said that while he and Tillerson got along "quite well" they "disagreed on things", notably the Iran nuclear deal.
"This is insane. I might actually get my dream job", Pompeo quipped, according to two sources familiar with his comments.
"It's much better for Japan to have someone ... who shares similar views with President Trump" than someone who has friction with him, like Tillerson. "I wanted to break it or do something, and he felt a little bit differently".
He said he would delegate all authority to Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, who will serve as acting secretary until Pompeo is confirmed.
"What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges, " he said.
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On the other hand, unlike Tillerson, Mike Pompeo is very close to Trump's thinking on these issues.
Their ideological kinship on foreign policy issues also quickly became apparent.
Tillerson's ouster bodes ill for those in Trump's administration who were not a part of his campaign team, business life or family.
Trump chose the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to replace Pompeo there.
That "dream job", he joked, was deputy director of the CIA: It would put him in a top United States intelligence community post without first having to undergo a grueling Senate confirmation.
Late-night talk show hosts had a field day with the news of President Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson in his farewell remarks this week warned Washington must do more to respond to Russia's "troubling behaviour and actions".
So, the replacement Tillerson for another piece was an expected event.
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The ex-president rose to political power after a successful career as chief executive of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Samsung reportedly paid six billion won ($5.6 million) in legal fees to a U.S. law firm on the former president's behalf.
May Boeve, the executive director of 350.org, also came out swinging against Pompeo. "There's nobody to be a check and balance on Trump. We will see what happened next", Goldstein said in statement to CNN. "But rumors have swirled for about six months that the Trump-Tillerson relationship was in awful shape".
"The State Department... has ceased to function in any recognizable manner and Pompeo has no interest in resuscitating that 'house of wimps, '" he said. Former Secretary of State Collin Powell may come as a distant second since he was given the dignity of submitting his resignation and announcing his departure after strong disagreements with the White House and the Pentagon over handling the 2003 USA invasion of Iraq. He was also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party. Pressuring North Korea with sanctions and other isolation measures had been a top Tillerson priority, and he had been one of the administration's more vocal advocates for holding talks in some form with the North.
One senior White House official said that when Trump made the decision to meet with Kim while Tillerson was in Africa, an aide asked if Tillerson should weigh in on the matter.
Micheal Flynn, National Security Advisor resigned in February after his disclosure that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to USA before Trump took office.
Missing from the audience during Mr Trump's announcement, Mr Tillerson was reportedly against the move. Like so many other Trump appointees, he had zero experience or understanding of the job he was placed in.
"Current U.S. law is clear in banning enhanced interrogation techniques", said McCain, who was beaten as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
"There's a feeling that the adults are leaving the building", Newnham said about the White House, which has seen a string of top officials resign or be fired.
Lawmakers from both major parties have criticized those cuts and the administration's failure to fill dozens of open jobs there.
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She even took a baseball bat to Randall's Lexus to show how much she disapproved of being considered part of their ideal family. Toby will never be able to replace Jack in Kate's heart, but he's damned well deserving of his own full-sized space there.