Rex Tillerson

So Long to the Iran Deal

Column: Donald Trump's staff shakeup is good for hawks—and terrible for Iran

Mike PompeoAlmost immediately after the news broke that President Trump intends to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo, media figures speculated that the decision was about Russia. The argument went like this: Tillerson was fired because he had recently criticized the Russian government for its attack using a nerve agent on a former spy living in the United Kingdom. He thereby endangered détente with Russian president Vladimir Putin and so, the critics said, Trump sacked him.

Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal

State Department efforts to undermine White House agenda sparked firing

Rex TillersonThe 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.