Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this morning and, according to reports, Tillerson found out when he saw the president’s tweet announcing the news.
Tillerson and Trump have often found themselves on opposing sides of foreign policy over the past year.
Just yesterday, NBC News reported that Tillerson had called the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia.
Trump said he wouldn’t condemn Russia until after reviewing the facts.
Donald Trump must have gotten a call from his boss Vladimir Putin in Moscow and been told to fire Tillerson.
Of course, you may recall that back in October of 2017 the story broke that Tillerson had called Trump “a moron.”
Moral of the story? You can call the president a moron and keep your job; blame Russia for poisoning an ex-spy and you’re out.
As had been rumored for months, CIA Director Mike Pompeo will become the new Secretary of State, and his Deputy Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, will take the reins at CIA.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Remarkable statement from State Department spokesman on Tillerson firing: pic.twitter.com/iBpLaK1tXw
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018
I am told Tillerson found out he was fired from Trump’s tweet.
This morning. Knew there was tension but was not going to quit and did not know he was fired
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 13, 2018
Rex Tillerson found out he was fired by President Trump’s tweet on Tuesday morning, according to Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy https://t.co/rBLrYGBtnL pic.twitter.com/EtSU6CiR0z
— CNN International (@cnni) March 13, 2018
— The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, called Trump a “F*cking Moron” and kept his job.
— Tillerson then condemns Russia, and he’s fired.
— Moral of the Story: Vladimir Putin is calling the shots, not Trump!#Rexit
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) March 13, 2018
Quickest way to get fired by @realDonaldTrump isn’t misuse of taxpayer funds, domestic violence or lying. It’s standing up to Putin. https://t.co/aI4Ko6w0u4— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) March 13, 2018