Amid mounting uncertainties over U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo.
"We disagreed on things ... we were not thinking the same. With Mike Pompeo, we have a similar thought process," he said. "I very much appreciate his (Tillerson's) commitment and his service and I wish him well. He's a good man," said Trump. "I actually got along well with Rex but really it was a different mindset, a different thinking."
Trump told reporters that the Iran nuclear deal was part of the reason for sacking Tillerson. "I think it's terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently," he said.
The White House and Mr Tillerson have had a series of public disagreements - and that continued until the very end. The two sides have offered different accounts of when the Secretary of State was told he was being fired.
The White House insists Mr Tillerson received a phone call on Friday from Chief of Staff John Kelly, who told him that he was being let go. They say Mr Tillerson then asked if the announcement could be held until his return from a tour of Africa. The top US diplomat's team said he felt unwell on Saturday and decided to cut short his tour by a day.
But a statement released by Under Secretary Steve Goldstein implied that Mr Tillerson was first made aware of his firing by President Trump's tweet. "The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason," he said. After this statement was released Mr Goldstein himself was fired by the White House.
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Mr Tillerson also said he received a call from the president about three hours after Mr Trump sent a tweet announcing his departure.