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‘It was a different mind-set’: How Trump soured on Tillerson as his top diplomat

March 14, 2018
Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Carol Leonnig, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asleep in his Nairobi hotel room early Saturday morning fighting a stomach bug when White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called to wake him around 2 a.m. to relay a terse message from President Trump: The boss was not happy.
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Under Pompeo, a foreign policy that fits the president’s worldview

March 14, 2018
David Sanger | The New York Times
The sudden firing on Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive who never managed to capture the role of chief diplomat, makes room for a true believer in President Trump’s “America First” views and a bitter critic of the Iran nuclear deal — but also a deep skeptic about whether negotiations will persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.
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Trump Ousts Tillerson, Will Replace Him as Secretary of State with CIA Chief Pompeo

March 13, 2018
Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate outreach such as possible talks with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.
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A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea

December 18, 2017
David Sanger | The New York Times
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson let slip last week a few tantalizing details about one of the nation’s most secret military contingency plans: how the United States would try to race inside North Korea to seize its nuclear weapons if it ever saw evidence that Kim Jong-un’s government was collapsing.
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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

December 5, 2017
Pete Williams | Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
The rules keep the ban on visas from five of the six countries from the original travel executive order — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — but lift restrictions on visitors from the Sudan. And they add new limits on visitors and immigrants from Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
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Trump cedes Syrian postwar planning to Putin

November 22, 2017
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
With rebel fighters largely routed and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, driven from most of Syria’s territory, experts and U.S. officials say the real fight now is about a regional power struggle playing out in the country.
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U.S. Captures a Second Suspect in 2012 Benghazi Attack

October 31, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Special Operations Forces captured a Libyan man believed to be part of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, U.S. defense officials said Monday.
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