Rex Tillerson sacking a 'negative development' for Africa

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Tillerson also reportedly called Trump a "moron" after a meeting of cabinet and national security officials last summer.

But the lack of surprise doesn't mean Tillerson's departure isn't troubling.

"We can't put the North Korea issue on the back burner".

US-African relations over the last year-and-a-half of the Trump administration have already been a challenge to understand because a lot of the key roles were not filled.

In explaining his decision to fire Tillerson, Trump said they had disagreed on many topics, but he specifically singled out one dispute: Whether or not to stay in the Iran pact. But the Senate must demand a secretary of state with integrity and a shred of independence.

They're not even getting a dove in his replacement, Mike Pompeo.

"It never should have been Tillerson - that was a mistake from the beginning", Pillsbury said. "But this (Tillerson's firing) has been out there as news for truly about at least six I don't think it comes as a major shock". I think she is a tremendous intelligence officer.

Tillerson also appeared out of the loop last week when Trump announced he would meet with North Korea's leader and become the first sitting United States president to do so. It is furthermore said that he was supposed to strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and Africa.

The Philippine government on Wednesday said it will continue to cooperate and collaborate with Washington after US President Donald Trump appointed a new Secretary of State. Also, some commercial events were supposed to take place to focus on the trade and business relationship, but they got canceled as the trip was shortened. Paul is set to make an announcement on Pompeo's nomination on Wednesday, raising speculation that he may come out in opposition.

"Well, I have spent some time with her, we've had dinner together, we have talked...everything I know is, is that she has been a good deputy director of the CIA", Feinstein said.

"We have a very similar thought process", Trump said of Pompeo on Tuesday.

It's a little early to tell because Pompeo has not really spoken on that issue. Rather than informing Comey in person or by phone, Trump sent his longtime bodyguard-turned-director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller to the Justice Department to deliver a letter notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation head he was done. So if Pompeo makes a choice for that role, and we have a sense of who that person is and their kind of background, their approach, their thinking, that will give us a better insight into the future commercial policy of the United States towards Africa.

Onetime communications director Anthony Scaramucci, hired over Priebus' objections, only lasted 10 days in the White House last summer before being pushed out after giving an expletive-laced interview to The New Yorker in which he called Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic". So that does touch the African market. "I made the North Korea decision with consultation from many people, but I made that decision by myself".

It's not just a matter of Trump being more amenable to persuasion by Pompeo, it's a matter of Pompeo potentially being more amenable to persuasion by career diplomats at the Department. "It's disappointing that the president has made a habit of firing the nation's highest-ranking officials in the most demoralizing ways possible - causing unnecessary chaos, demonstrating his poor leadership, and sending the message that no one is truly a respected member of his administration". So if he fills those roles then we will have a better sense of the direction of Africa policy.

"The torture of detainees in USA custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history", said Republican Senator John McCain, who himself was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.