President Trump tweeted in support of an amendment to FISA on Thursday. It was the latest example of him contradicting his administration, his party and even himself.
On Tuesday, Rex W. Tillerson discussed the future of the embassy in a speech at the State Department and then took questions from department employees.
The views of Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, have put him in good stead with President Trump, who has come to value his pungent opinions and hard-charging style.
A transition plan developed by John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, would install Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as secretary of state, officials said.
The assignment heralds a shift for the agency, which once viewed such a mission as risky and a drain on resources.
The C.I.A. is pushing for expanded powers to carry out its own drone strikes, and the White House is said to favor the proposal despite Pentagon objections.