Trump replaces Secretary of State Tillerson with CIA’s Mike Pompeo

13 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson didn’t have the time to recuperate from his gruelling trip to Africa, when President Trump Tuesday threw him out of office, according to US media reports and a confirmation by the president.

As he was preparing to take helicopter ride out of the White House, Mr. Trump said this morning he and Mr. Tillerson, according to the BBC, had not see eye to eye on issues for a long time.

On the surface, it is possible to assume policy differences between the president and his secretary of state, especially on Iran and Korea are thought to be the straw for a long time that has broken the camel’s back.

This Washington D.C. Tuesday bloodshed did not end being a day of humiliation for Mr. Tillerson alone. Mr. Trump has also fired his long time personal aide John McEntee, who was fired and escorted out of the White House on Monday, as per CNN reporting, allegedly for reasons of permanent security clearance.

How the secretary of state’s firing would affect the good beginning in Ethiopia Mr. Tillerson had put his stamp on regarding the evolving Ethiopian situation is too early to say. His concern pertains especially on one hand to the country’s continuing instability and the TPLF’s worsening repression. On the other hand, the situation has worried the United States threatening the peace and security of the Horn of Africa, US and global economic interests and internally Ethiopia’s own, the outgoing secretary of state rightly put his finger.

Before long, nonetheless, what Mr. Tillerson had feared is beginning to show its ugly feature in Ethiopia and East Africa. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) minority regime Saturday 10 March, 2018 executed 10 unarmed Ethiopians in Moayle to serve its unholy intentions. This happened while the outgoing US secretary of state was on African soil. n keeping with predictions, this sordid action has caused huge number of Ethiopians to flee to Kenya to save their lives.

During his press conference, Mr. Tillerson prophetically underlined:

“We firmly believe that democratic reform, economic growth, and lasting stability are best addressed through an inclusive political process, rather than through the imposition of restrictions. And we encourage the Ethiopian people as well to maintain patience, maintain support for your government through this change, through this transition, but also in pursuing this journey of democracy, which takes time and effort. Democracy is not easy. It takes a lot of work. But staying with it, lasting change will come about, and to not resort to violence. Violence is simply never a solution.
The prevalent view in Ethiopia among Ethiopian activists is that this is only the beginning in Ethiopia of the end of the horrendously dictatorial and much-hated TPLF regime.”

The TPLF had already been displeased with Tillerson, who had been very open about his disapproval of its martial law, the so-called State of Emergency (SoE), illegally imposed on Ethiopians, thereby resulting in the denial and suppression of all fundamental human rights.

Regarding the change of guard in the State Department and CIA, TPLF’s blogger-in-chief with veiled satisfaction tweeted:

    “US State Dept in another turmoil. Pres. Trump fired Secretary Rex Tillerson by tweet and nominated CIA director Mike Pompoe.

    Mind you, Tillerson fired 60% of senior officials of State Department but failed to get new appointments.

    You can imagine, amid the turmoil, clerks and apprentices will be making policy decisions on African issues. 😠”



Press Availability: US Secretary of State of the United States and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia

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