WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “disagreed on things.”
Trump cites their divergent opinions on the Iran nuclear deal. Iran agreed before Trump took office to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. The president regularly criticizes the agreement as a bad deal and has repeatedly threatened to end it.
Trump spoke Tuesday of his desire to break the deal, but notes that Tillerson “felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same.”
Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired Tillerson and is replacing him with Mike Pompeo, currently the CIA director.
Trump says he and Pompeo have a “very, very similar thought process.”