Hours before his firing was made public, Tillerson vocally condemned Russia for allegedly poisoning an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, even as the White House declined to assert blame.
Some CIA officers who abused their authority were dismissed, Brennan said, but a number of officers who were trying to carry out their responsibilities and protect the country are now being tarnished because of their involvement.
Another high-level member of Team Trump got the boot today.
After 14 months in the Oval Office, however, it's hard to dispute that he is becoming more successful at marrying his idiosyncratic style with the levers of power to get his own way.
Earlier that year, the board of directors at Amnesty International USA urged the Senate to seek an explicit commitment from then-Representative Pompeo to uphold U.S. and international law on torture.
As for Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO whom Trump picked as his administration's top Cabinet official, the president said simply, "we disagreed on things".
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"While it might be highly disruptive, making the move now makes sense", Kazianis said, referring to the challenges presented by the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Like the breed, Tillerson may be large and imposing at first glance; but he is no fighter, least of all against the bureaucratic mentality that permeates the U.S. State Department". Hardly a year in and already nearly forty members of the Trump administration have been fired or resigned. "There's never a peaceful time in the world to say we're not in turmoil somewhere at this point". He reportedly shows little interest in reading briefing documents, spends much of his time on the golf course or watching cable television - all the while disagreeing with the Washington establishment on just about everything.
Pompeo and Tillerson navigated different paths with Trump, too.
► Economic adviser: Trump taps CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to direct the National Economic Counsel, saying he and Kudlow have reconciled their differences over tariffs. Feinstein chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee when it produced a massive 2014 report describing the CIA's harsh detention and interrogation programs.
How our world looks after the Trump presidency is anyone's guess, but it is becoming increasingly clear that President Trump's behavior will have grave implications for American leadership and global peace.
► Stormy relationship: A lawyer for porn star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, says she was physically threatened in an effort to stop her from talking about her relationship with the president. The departure of White House communications director Hope Hicks may be a particular blow.
But Tillerson persevered in presenting the president with differing opinions. Tillerson was willing to call out Russia for election interference and other aggressive behavior. Haspel's selection faced immediate opposition from some lawmakers and human rights groups because of her prominent role in one of the agency's darkest chapters. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column.
During one speech Pompeo claimed Russian meddling did not alter the election results, a finding that overstates the U.S. assessment of the interference.