Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is a "great American" who worked hard, but just didn't have the rapport with President Donald Trump needed for the job, Rep. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.
"It had been rumored for a number of months that he was not going to last that long," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "Happening Now." At the end of the day, a president doesn't need to have great rapport with a HUD secretary or Interior secretary.
When you're talking about the secretary of state, it's important that other nations realize that that individual speaks for the president."
CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who Trump has nominated to replace Tillerson, is "obviously very well qualified," said DeSantis, adding that he thinks the CIA post was good preparation because he'll understand the world's hot spots better now.
"He has a very good rapport with the president," said the lawmaker. "When Mike is over in, say, the Koreas or over dealing with Russia or the Middle East, I think people are going to know that he speaks for the president."
Tillerson and Trump were often not on the same page, including disagreements over talks with North Korea, and Tillerson had been in favor of keeping, not scrapping, the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.
"Mike is going to be somebody who will mesh on those," said DeSantis. "Mike understands the dangers posed by North Korea. He understands Kim Jong Un as somebody who, you know, is a formidable adversary and is not going to be looking to simply disarm. At the same time, I think Mike appreciates this president taking a different approach, really shaking up the situation, and perhaps providing an opening where we can get some different results than we have over the past 25 years."
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