In a tweet early Tuesday morning, President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson’s ouster follows a tumultuous tenure marked by ongoing conflict between the State Department and White House. The President also named CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to succeed Pompeo, a move that drew swift criticism from civil liberties advocates who point to Haspel’s involvement in CIA torture programs. We’ll discuss what Tillerson’s firing may mean for U.S. diplomacy and national security. We’ll also bring you updates from President Trump’s California visit.
Thad Kousser, professor of political science, UC San Diego
Ambassador James Jeffrey, distinguished fellow, Washington Institute of Near East Policy; former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, 2010-2012
Kathryn Stoner, deputy director, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies