News Analysis: Under Pompeo, a Foreign Policy That Fits the President’s Worldview

The sudden firing on Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive who never managed to capture the role of chief diplomat, makes room for a true believer in President Trump’s "America First" views and a bitter critic of the Iran nuclear deal — but also a deep skeptic about whether negotiations will convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Mr. Tillerson’s anticipated replacement, C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo, was among the harshest of critics of the 2015 nuclear agreement that world powers brokered with Iran.

If confirmed, Mr. Pompeo would take over the State Department just as the president is weighing whether to ditch the deal altogether — even if it outrages European allies.

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