It appears yet another Trump appointee has left the Whitehouse. This time Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the one to step down.
According to media reports, he will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Although Tillerson and Trump didn’t necessarily see eye to eye, Tillerson had always been adamant about staying on the job. His departure surprised us all. The news may have even been a surprise to Tillerson himself as he was supposed to be in Africa at the time.
According to the New York Times, Tillerson learned he had been fired on Tuesday morning after being shown Trump’s tweets by a top aide. However, he may have received a warning from John Kelly last Friday. According to sources, the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, called Tillerson telling him to cut his trip to Africa short because he “may get a tweet.”
Regardless of the news being a shock to the rest of us, Trump has been quick to move on. He tweeted this Tuesday morning:
“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!”
Trump also released a statement:
“I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State,” Trump said. “Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. Army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.”
“Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.”
While rumors of Tillerson leaving the white house have been circulating for months, no official reasoning has been given for Tillerson’s exit thus far. Speculation of name-calling, or more specifically Tillerson calling Trump and idiot, have been argued as the root cause by some media channels.