Trump Shakes up Multiple Positions with change of SOS Tillerson for CIA Director Pompeo, Under Secretary and Personal Asst.

President Trump tweeted this morning about a change to his cabinet position.  He is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

Other ripple changes will include the CIA leadership position.   As President Trump has selected Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department, and asked Gina Haspel — the deputy director at the CIA — to succeed him at the CIA. She would become the first woman to run the spy agency.

Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled diplomat cut short a trip to Africa on Monday to return to Washington.

Tension between Trump and Tillerson has simmered for many months, but the president and his top diplomat reached a breaking point over the past week, officials said.

The reason for the latest rift was unclear. A spokesman for Tillerson said the secretary of state “had every intention of staying” in his job and was “unaware of the reason” for his firing.

Both would need to be confirmed by the Senate at a time when the closely divided chamber has stalled on confirming dozens of Trump nominees. [1]

“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”

The president continued, “Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”

Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boards his plane to depart at the end of a five-country swing through Africa from Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, March 12, 2018.

Last summer, we reported that tensions came to a head between Trump and Tillerson after the now-former Secretary of State referred to the President as a “moron” during a meeting. Tillerson then considered resigning but held off. [2]

Trump also had words of praise for Tillerson: “Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.” [3]

“I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State,” Pompeo said in a statement. “His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity. Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life.”

Haspel in a statement also said she was excited for her promotion.

“After 30 years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year,” she said. “I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.” [1]

Wikileaks tweeted an interesting facts on Ms Haspel that may bear on President Trumps decision. As well as Mr Steven Miller’s tweet points out the obvious concerning the MSM repeated accusations of President Trump and misogyny concerning women leadership roles.

As a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects Abu Zubaydah, an alleged Al Qaeda suspect who was tortured so brutally that at one point he appeared to be dead, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations at a secret prison in Thailand. [6]

Abu Zubaydahn, an Al Qaeda suspect who underwent torture lost an eye while in C.I.A. custody.

Abu Zubaydah, an alleged Al Qaeda operative captured in Pakistan in 2002, was suspected of being a senior member of the group and a plotter in the 9/11 attacks. A Saudi Arabian citizen, Abu Zubaydah was the first suspect who was officially subjected to the “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved by President Bush.

After several waterboarding sessions, Abu Zubaydah was so broken that, when a C.I.A. agent snapped his fingers twice, he would lie down on the waterboard, naked and dirty, to await his torture. As the Senate report makes clear, the C.I.A. interrogators knew that what they were doing was possibly illegal. In fact, they were so worried about being found out that they told their superiors that if Abu Zubaydah were to die during his interrogation, he would have to be cremated. In the event that he lived, they asked, in a cable, for “reasonable assurances that [Abu Zubaydah] will remain in isolation and incommunicado for the remainder of his life.” They did, indeed, receive such assurance. [7]

From 2003 to 2005, Gina Haspel was a senior official overseeing a top-secret C.I.A. program that subjected dozens of suspected terrorists to savage interrogations, which included depriving them of sleep, squeezing them into coffins, and forcing water down their throats. [4]

The sessions were videotaped and the recordings stored in a safe at the C.I.A. station in Thailand until 2005, when they were ordered destroyed. By then, Ms. Haspel was serving at C.I.A. headquarters, and it was her name that was on the cable carrying the destruction orders. [6]

Edward Snowden also added this tweet following President Trumps announcement this morning that may affect the confirmation hearings for Gina Haspel’s promotion.  The Intercept had this to add to Snowden’s reminder of Haspel’s experience.[5]











The conflicting views of Ms. Haspel were clear in the reactions to her promotion on Thursday from members of Congress. Democrats expressed concern about how she would approach the issue of torture, while Republicans were fulsome in their praise.

Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Ms. Haspel had “impressed us with her dedication, forthrightness, and her deep commitment to the intelligence community.”

Within the C.I.A., Ms. Haspel is similarly respected, and the agency’s announcement about her promotion came with a long list of testimonials from retired officials, much as prominent authors write blurbs for the back of other writers’ books. The list notably included prominent Obama administration officials, such as James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence (“very pleased”), and Michael J. Morell, who twice served as the C.I.A.’s acting director (“I applaud the appointment”). [6]

President Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to step aside, and has replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Under Secretary of State FIRED After Contradicting Account of Tillerson’s Dismissal

The White House has fired Steve Goldstein, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, after contradicting the account of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s dismissal. 


Steve Goldstein was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on December 4, 2017.  Mr. Goldstein is a communications and branding executive who has led external affairs at the highest levels of business and government.

Before becoming Under Secretary, he was Senior Vice President of BP Global Solutions, where he advised the founders of two start-up technology companies in the energy and health care fields on marketing strategy and staff management.

Mr. Goldstein’s experience includes seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at TIAA, a Fortune 100 company providing financial services to people who work in the academic, research, medical, and nonprofit fields. As the senior executive responsible for marketing, communications, and advertising, he played a leading role in transforming the company for the digital age. [9]


Trump’s Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue

Problems related to online gambling and mishandling taxes prevented John McEntee from gaining necessary security clearance


Trump’s personal assistant John McEntee also was reportedly fired Tuesday.

In addition to Tillerson, Trump’s personal assistant John McEntee, also was axed and removed from the White House for unspecified security reasons, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited sources.

McEntee immediately joined Trump’s re-election campaign for 2020 as a senior adviser.

A CNN reporter tweeted Tuesday that McEntee was terminated because he is under investigation for “serious financial crimes” by the Department of Homeland Security. [10]

These event will mark a major change in Trump’s foreign policy.

Comments from ANON IC:

Long time coming. Rexie was on the firing line anyway. As I had stated, it will be good for Trump so he can be able to pick the right folks and surround himself with the right folks. It is in our best interest to see that the only legitimately elected US president in America’s history succeed beyond expectations. Do folks have any idea the great advantage of a CIA chief who cannot travel to meet other spy chiefs? America will have the very best natsec again by cutting itself off from too much ‘sharing’ while having the very best allies like Australia and Japan. The entire point of having a great natsec is about having the discipline to keep it internal and only share to trusted allies. Past administrations did not have that discipline. Who gives a hoot about national security when it is rather very obvious that nation’s great secrets are just being thrown around. Who are you going to depend on when controllers like Obama and Hillary are compromised and giving away national security secrets? Some IC folks had opted to became John Does and Jane Does so they can continue to serve the nation without becoming compromised. Think seriously who really are responsible of compromising US national security. US national security compromise is beyond your wildest dreams. Being entrusted with running and maintaining national security is not a social job hobnobbing in social scenes with folks who want to find out everything about you. Previous folks running those posts were in wrong jobs. It is all about strengthening internal developments which had been gravely ignored and missing from previous admins and exploited by adversaries and wannabe heroes alike.

From Freebeacon:

The abrupt firing Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson follows months of infighting between the State Department and White House over efforts by Tillerson to save the Iran nuclear deal and ignore President Donald Trump’s demands that the agreement be fixed or completely scrapped by the United States, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

In the weeks leading up to Tillerson’s departure, he had been spearheading efforts to convince European allies to agree to a range of fixes to the nuclear deal that would address Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program and continued nuclear research. [12]

From CTH:

“Stopping the exfiltration of American wealth demands severity: “we either have a country or we don’t.” Within that dynamic the value of diplomacy is necessarily lessened in favor of more deliberate and unapologetic policy advancement. Inside that dynamic President Trump and Secretary Tillerson did not agree – and that is a major point of disunity.” [13]

Anon Comment:

It was stated in the beginning that Tillerson was brought on specifically for his skills in cleaning up personnel issues, hence 7th floor house cleaning and holdovers. The plan was for him to leave after cleanup. Job done, Cohn brought on specifically for corp tax reform, his job is done. The door in the WH will stay revolving. As each person does what they were brought on to do, they leave and the next expert for the next piece of the agenda will come in and fill their role. Trump continues to push his agenda forward and win. Just like how you run a company. Right person for the right seat. Dangle the drama to keep media distracted and the Trump Train rolls on. Just my opinion.


[1] Washington Post

[2] Political Insider

[3] MSN

[4] The New Yorker

[5] The Intercept

[6] NYTimes

[7] The New Yorker

[8] Gateway Pundit


[10] CNBC

[11] CNBC

[12] Freebeacon

[13] Conservative Treehouse