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U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

The Trump administration’s biggest shakeup yet points to a huge shift in US-Russia relations

The US is on track for a more dovish State Department and a hawkish CIA when it comes to dealing with Russia.
Members of Iran's Basij militia

Mike Pompeo could create a ‘bad cop, worse cop’ scenario as secretary of state, raising uncertainty in the Middle East

Pompeo, like Trump, has a tougher approach to Iran. Some experts believe the two could end the Iran nuclear deal, while others say it's just rhetoric.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) walks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last year.

China was ‘not too happy’ with Tillerson — but it is terrified of Mike Pompeo

Tillerson was seen as a moderating influence in the Oval Office, and was reportedly concerned over tariffs that have angered China.
Donald Trump.

Trump might be stocking his administration full of ‘loyalists’ so he can go back to his freewheeling campaign mode

Within the past week, Trump ousted Rex Tillerson while Gary Cohn resigned from the administration — two of the biggest departures yet.

Trump replacing Tillerson with North Korea hawk Pompeo before Kim Jong Un talks might be a good thing

Tillerson's dismissal just weeks before Trump is due to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shocked observers, but it may be for the best.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump.

Trump may have fired Rex Tillerson because they couldn’t agree on North Korea

White House officials say Tillerson's policy of dialogue over a more hardline approach had conflicted with President Donald Trump's strategy.

John Kelly reportedly yelled at the TV over news coverage of White House turmoil

While a State Department official said Rex Tillerson was unaware of the decision to fire him, a White House official alleged Tillerson was informed.
Incoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

Trump’s new secretary of state is a Tea Party Republican who couldn’t be more different from Rex Tillerson

Mike Pompeo, a Tea Party Republican who regularly defends Trump and shares his aggressive approach to foreign affairs, will become the next secretary of state.

Friendless and useless, Rex Tillerson couldn’t take the hint. But could his successor be even worse?

Opinion: Rex Tillerson stayed in a job where nobody liked him for 14 months because his boss doesn't like firing people.