This precise personnel move was reported in late November, so anyone who is surprised by this really shouldn't be. "There's a fear you might be projecting this image of chaos in the White House". At least Mr Kerry had tried to make situational deals with the Kremlin, sometimes angering more hawkish officials in the Obama administration. Longtime readers are probably aware that I was not Tillerson's biggest fan, so let's start with the nice things I can say.
Indeed, Pompeo called for the United States to exit the Iran deal the day before Trump nominated him as Central Intelligence Agency director in November 2016.
State Department officials said Tillerson did not know why he was being pushed out and had meant to stay.
Tillerson joined a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Trump took office.
Trump on Tuesday singled out the Iran nuclear deal as one of the main differences he had with Tillerson.
Democrat minority leader Representative Nancy Pelos was even tougher: "Secretary Tillerson's firing sets a profoundly disturbing precedent in which standing up for our allies against Russian aggression is grounds for a humiliating dismissal".
Pompeo clearly has a much closer relationship with Trump and has displayed more public fealty to him.
Haspel was passed over in 2013 for a permanent assignment as head of the CIA's clandestine service, although agency officials said the decision was not driven by her connection to the prisons controversy. He was so incompetent that I called for him to resign in August. Now is not the time for uncertainty in the president's administration. Contrary to USA policy goals and State Department guidance, he did business with the government of Iraqi Kurdistan in 2011. It seemed as though he could not visit a region without saying something that offended his hosts.
A part of his legacy is in his pushback on Trump policies that Tillerson considered unwise, battles he did not often win. His incompetence undercut his ability to advance any worthwhile policy instinct.
Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago. And it wasn't just a starting position in a negotiation.
Cyr said the secretary of state "doesn't operate at the pleasure of the foreign service professionals", and cited Henry Kissinger and James Baker, as secretaries of state that "kept their distance from the department and operated pretty independently".
Tillerson said, noting it was he who had declared on his first trip to Asia as secretary that the "era of strategic patience is over". "Strategic dialogues with many nations, including nuclear weapons powers like Pakistan, were ended without explanation". "We pray for the best for Secretary Tillerson in all his future endeavors". Anyone who tells you differently is selling you something. "Kissinger and Baker are two very, very successful secretaries of state, in what is not just a hard, but an impossible job". The bureaucracy would ordinarily be wary of someone with his policy preferences (more about that in a moment).
According to "The Wall Street Journal", she was part of a team that oversaw the CIA's detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists, using techniques that many experts and lawmakers since have described as torture.
As for the foreign policy community, well, that's a thing, because.
If, as now appears likely, Trump indeed decides to drop out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), then the deal - and the hopes of a generation of European and USA diplomats - will be dead. The president had tasked Tillerson with negotiating new restrictions on Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile program with European partners by then, a tight deadline only complicated by today's announcement.
With Goldstein gone, the State Department has only one permanent undersecretary in place out of six. But President Trump wisely fired him as secretary of state for having an outlook different from Trump's, and from the agenda Trump was elected on.