The Pompeo-Tillerson Switch is Bad News for Iran

When it came to Iran, the Obama holdovers had two guys who were on the same basic page with them: Tillerson and McMaster. Now Tillerson is gone and McMaster is rumored to be next.

And the Iran Deal is certainly one of the issues at stake.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he dismissed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state at least in part over a disagreement on how best to proceed with the Iran deal.

“We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” Trump said as he boarded the Marine One presidential helicopter en route to view prototypes for his proposed border wall.

“When you look at the Iran deal, I thought it was terrible. He thought it was ok. I wanted to either break it or do something, he felt a little differently,” Trump said.

Senator Corker, the inside man on the Iran Deal on the GOP side, is also none too happy.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, says President Donald Trump's decision to fire his chief diplomat caught him by surprise.

The Tennessee Republican, who has been Rex Tillerson's most vocal supporter on Capitol Hill, acknowledged "there's been tensions" between Tillerson and Trump.

On Tuesday, Corker said, "I have a lot of faith in Tillerson's judgment. I've shared that with the president many times."

I doubt that did Tillerson any favors. 

It's not just about the Iran Deal, but the deal had become emblematic of the clash between the establishment and Team Trump. And Trump is making big changes to foreign policy from tariffs to Jerusalem. While domestic policy has been fairly Trumpist, foreign policy wasn't. And that may be about to change in a very big way.

What might that mean? The Jerusalem move and tariffs are the first taste. A pullout from Afghanistan and a more serious trade war might be coming. It's about to get really interesting.