Prior to becoming president, Trump had a reality TV series called "The Apprentice".
Trump specifically cited the Iran nuclear deal, which he wanted to pull the USA out of against Tillerson's recommendations.
Although Mr Trump dismissively said a year ago that Mr Tillerson was wasting his time trying to talk to "Little Rocket Man", the summit Mr Trump agreed to last week is partly born of Mr Tillerson's efforts.
Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned in his farewell remarks on Tuesday that Washington must do more to respond to Russia's "troubling behavior and actions". "He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and enjoyed working together with the Department of Defense in an uncommonly robust relationship", he said. Goldstein, who is Jewish, served as under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs and was a top spokesman for Tillerson.
Yet the firing on Tuesday seemed to catch Tillerson somewhat by surprise. In his announcement pulling out of the deal past year, Trump said it was "very unfair at the highest level to the United States".
They are aligned on most issues.
Tillerson was notified Friday that he could be replaced, leading him to return home from an Africa trip a day early, according to American news outlets.
A senior USA official told media on Tuesday, the president wanted a cabinet reshuffle ahead of the North Korean talks.
Reminding Pakistan of trying to fix the problem itself, Pompeo said in an interview to the CBS last month, "We are doing our best to inform the Pakistanis that that it is no longer going to be acceptable" and added that "if Pakistan could fix this problem, we're happy to continue to engage with them and be their partner, but if they don't, we're going to protect America". She was deputy director of the CIA's National Clandestine Services and has held several other leadership roles in the agency. "And that was a total mystery because the people at the State Department would work for the devil if he is advancing American interests, which Mr. Tillerson was". Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the first woman so chosen.
August 27, 2017 - Tillerson says in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that the U.S.is committed to advancing American values in the aftermath of the White House response to a rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier in the month.
Trump said he and Pompeo have "a similar thought process". "It's tough to carry out good foreign policy when nobody's at the office back home". Goldstein's swift firing after refuting the Trump administration's rhetoric further reinforces the erratic nature of the White House under Trump's tenure and stands as a cause for concern moving forward. More recently, reports indicated that Tillerson was shocked to hear about Trump's planned meetings with North Korea.