The world has released its first reactions to the news that President Trump was replacing the well-liked Mr Rex Tillerson with the more hawkish seen Mr Mike Pompeo.
There was regret about Mr Tillerson’s departure amid fear of Mr Pompeo’s arrival, but most governments still gallantly stated they would wait how Mr Pompeo would introduce himself before any further judgments could be made.
Though Russia is mostly concerned with Sunday’s Presidential elections, The Kremlin spokesman Mr Dmitry Peskov made it clear that they regretted Mr Tillerson’s departure: "It is hardly possible to fall any lower than the floor,"
"From this perspective, it is hardly necessary to worry about any further deterioration."
China put on the spot for tariffs on its steel and possibly for its intellectual property in the future (see our related coverage), welcomed the change and said it was ready to continue cooperating with Washington on hotspot issues.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang: "We of course hope that the positive momentum on the Korean peninsula, including the political will for talks of both the United States and North Korea, will be maintained."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to my friend and soon to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo! Great decision by the President. 🇺🇸</p>— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) <a href="https://twitter.com/nikkihaley/status/973550476082982914?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Japan's foreign minister Mr Taro Kono stated that he personally regretted Mr Tillerson's departure: "He (Tillerson) was a frank, trustworthy counterpart and I thought we would deal with the North Korea issue together."
As Europe’s biggest economy and a with the US being a very important export market for them, the Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Relations Committee, Mr Norbert Röttgen stated that it might have been better if there was a certain process in place for these types of replacements: "This is just what we are missing, what the world is missing predictability."
"This decision on the foreign minister, the firing without mentioning the reason, is just a symbol for the lack of predictability of the foreign policy of the United States."
"We knew before that the president is critical, has been critical, of this agreement."