President Trump announced on Tuesday, he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him, a move which could transform US economic and foreign policy future. Tillerson made a farewell statement, thanking his State Department staff and diplomat network, saying Trump ‘thought it was the right time for the transition.’
White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster did not deny that Trump told Russian officials his motivations for firing the FBI director in the Oval office earlier this month. He would not directly address the details of the meeting but he did not deny reports that Trump revealed classified intelligence information. He said it is difficult to understand the scope of the conversation based on “a few lines” of notes leaked to members of the press.
On Tuesday, the United States said that they had observed known Syrian personnel who handle chemical weapons visiting production facilities suggesting that President Bashar al-Assad and his government may be preparing fresh chemical weapon strikes. The White House warned at the beginning of the week that such strikes would lead to the Assad government paying a “heavy price.”
Following criticism of President Donald Trump’s call to the mother of a fallen soldier, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, stated he was ‘stunned’ and ‘broken-hearted’ by the reaction. Kelly said he advised Trump to avoid such calls when he became President, highlighting that Barack Obama had not called him after his son’s death.
Leandra English, the temporary acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointed by the director of the CFPB when he retired Friday, has filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s pick for the position. Trump named Mick Mulvaney, CFPB critic and Office of Management and Budget director, as the new CFPB director. English claims Trump’s appointment ‘unlawful,’ and she is the ‘rightful acting director’ of CFPB.