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Rex Tillerson Is Out

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.

 

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8 comments

  1. Whatever the reason, I am glad he is gone. Tillerson did not want this job in the first place. This is certainly a non traditional administration. Certainly, if an employee calls his boss an idiot, publically, its time to part ways.

    I am glad to see Pompeo in that role, and Gina will be a great CIA Secty. MAGA!

  2. I too am glad to see him go. McMaster too.

  3. Tillerson called Trump a “f__king moron”, not idiot.
    Tillerson is out because two weeks ago Exxon/Mobil terminated their partnership with Rosneft, so their is no longer any need to have Obama’s oil sanctions lifted. Tillerson no longer has a purpose. Thats why he was fired two weeks later.

  4. Laurence Maloney

    The last modicum of sanity is gone. God save our country

  5. Tillerson + the father of homosexual s in the Boy Scouts!!!

  6. CharlesWilliamMorganJr

    Tillerson is a respected businessman and did not deserved to be fired. I voted for Trump and would vote for him again, but we do NOT approve of this “constant firing” culture.
    We do NOT want money spent to build a Berlin-style wall between the USA and Mexico. We DO want to see further Muslim immigration to our nation absolutely forbidden. And we DO want to see a national high-speed rail system built quickly. China and other nations are pulling far ahead of us much too rapidly in this regard!

  7. I think the reason is similar to two women – one kitchen.
    The one who must prevail in the event of any disagreement is the one who owns the house.
    I have not heard of the ‘idiot’ slur, but Tillerson is a boss-man who runs things the way he wants – and so is Trump.
    I like them both and both have genuine authority.

  8. Tillerson was one of the least qualified, and ultimately one of the least effective representatives of our interests on the world stage. Did he deserve to go? Yes. Did he deserve to go out the way he went? No.
    He gutted the State Department and has left the US with very little representation.
    I was not a fan of this man, HOWEVER, he was not a sycophant, toadie or yes-man…That is Mike Pompeo. Trump will replace everyone who disagrees with him with suck-ups.

    He is attempting to create an autocratic government just like Putin’s and Un’s. Does anyone out there really truly believe that Trump is a patriot and that he has America’s best interest at heart?

    I would have respect for his supporters if they said, “He is an amoral, unethical, piece of crap, but he is our piece of crap” and we are quite willing to ignore and betray our own values in order to get what we want out of government”.

    Just remember….you have forfeited any right to criticize anyone about anything ever again. You can never teach your children right from wrong. Just accept and acknowledge that you are a HYPOCRITE and we can all move on.

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