The Latest: UN ambassador hails Trump’s pick of Pompeo

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (all times local): 9:55 a.m. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a “great decision” for next secretary of state. Haley, who had her own contentious relationship with ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, congratulated Pompeo in a tweet and called him her “friend.” She wrote: “Great decision by the President.” Over months of speculation about Tillerson’s future, Haley had been rumored as one possible successor. ___ 9:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is telling reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “by myself.” The president is adding that Tillerson will be “much happier now,” and he appreciates his service. Trump says he and Tillerson had been “talking about this for a long time,” and they had disagreed on issues like the Iran deal. Trump is praising the energy and intellect of his incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who has led the CIA. The president spoke to reporters at the White House shortly before departing for Joint Base Andrews for his trip to California. ___ 9:20 a.m. A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was fired. The undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, Steve Goldstein, says Tillerson “had every intention of staying” in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security. Two White House officials said Tillerson was told… [Read full story]

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