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So there was a sense of inevitability to President Trump's announcement Tuesday that he was dumping Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and installing Mike Pompeo, the man he wanted in that job back in November.The gregarious, risk-taking Pompeo has an easy rapport with Trump that the more cautious, reticent Tillerson never achieved. A successful secretary of state needs to be able to speak for the president – something Tillerson could never do and Pompeo will probably achieve from day one.Tillerson's ouster capped a year of humiliating treatment from Trump.The danger is that Pompeo, so in synch with Trump, will remove the dampers that have sometimes tempered the president's disruptive instincts.That undoubtedly pleased Trump, but it made Pompeo more a partisan figure than the usual CIA director.Trump nominated a career CIA officer, Deputy Director Gina Haspel, as Pompeo's successor.The center-weight will now shift to Trump and Pompeo.Pompeo will help in shaping the high-level diplomacy that's ahead.
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