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Senator Paul sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold Pompeo's confirmation hearing, expected next month, and vote on whether to report his nomination as secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson favorably to the full Senate. He will do a fantastic job!

Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Politico's Burgess Everett says the Kentucky senator indicated he may be willing to filibuster both Pompeo's nomination and Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel, who he says is "gleeful" in her defense of torture techniques. The Washington Post first reported news of Tillerson's firing, shortly before the president's tweet.

Tillerson backs the Iran nuclear pact, the 2015 deal that eased crushing economic sanctions in exchange for allowing the nation to pursue its nuclear energy ambitions.

Mr. Trump announced the news of Tillerson's ouster on Twitter, thanking him for his service.

Though Mr. Trump and other officials said he'd been considering replacing Tillerson for some time, the president said he made the decision only recently and "by myself". We got along, actually, quite well, but we disagreed on things.

"The Americans are serious about the withdrawal from the nuclear deal", Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araghchi said.

"I think, hopefully, the entire organization learned something from the so-called enhanced interrogation program", Feinstein told reporters.

"Do you think we can have discussions with other countries if we're advocating for regime change?" With Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. "To the best of my knowledge she has been a good deputy director and I look forward to the opportunity to speak with her again".

This is yet another big shake-up for Trump's still-young administration - and it may be the most important one to date. A senior White House official said Trump works well with Pompeo and wanted him in place before the US president's planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and trade negotiations. He wants all three strengthened if the United States is to stay in the deal.

Trump outlined three defects he sees in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program; the terms under which worldwide inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear program start to expire after 10 years.

It is unclear how Mike Pompeo becoming USA secretary of state may affect the Iran nuclear deal given that there is only one voice that counts in President Donald Trump's administration: his own. Just a day after Trump tapped Pompeo, Republican Sen.

In the past, Pompeo's positions on Israel have reflected an appreciation for the Jewish state's role in maintaining stability in the Middle East.

Some newspapers in Iran on March 14 expressed concern about the prospect of Pompeo becoming US secretary of state.

Unlike Tillerson, Pompeo has a background in government, having served six years in Congress.

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