LIVE VIDEO: Rex Tillerson Holds Press Conference

CNBC reports:

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose firing was announced hours earlier, is slated to address reporters from the State Department briefing room on Tuesday afternoon. Tillerson’s ouster, first reported Tuesday morning, was quickly confirmed by President Donald Trump in a tweet. White House officials said Tillerson found out on Friday that he would be fired, according to the Associated Press.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said, “The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security. He will miss his colleagues at the the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world.” Shortly after making the statement, Goldstein was fired by the Trump administration for contradicting the White House’s account of Tillerson’s firing, NBC News reported.

  • safari

    I’m hoping for a shitshow.

    I’m expecting an ass kissing.

    • elvigy

      Hell, if he just reiterates his “fucking moron” comment, I’d be thrilled.

    • Reality.Bites

      Since it’s happening at the SOS briefing room I don’t think he’ll be saying anything.

      Trump may be a “fucking moron” but what does it make the man who let him walk all over him?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Prosthetics for Algernon.

      • Nic Peterson

        And Rex didn’t get his $500 Billion oil deal done either. I suppose it takes a fucking moron to know one?

    • bkmn

      I hope he puts all his cards on the table, giving Mueller a big hand in indicting Trump & Co.

      • justmeeeee

        No, he’ll wait till someone sane is in the Office of President and then there’ll be a big spilling of the beans.

        • bkmn

          And a couple of book deals

      • Marc: The Social Gadfly

        thoughts n prayers.

        • kareemachan

          tots and pears

    • james1200

      Oh, stop! Rex tried his best and can now go back to his coffin knowing he did his country proud!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14c185ad46d794b7203421c06064c86dc08e672b08ec671bbeccdcb32b4ba4e1.gif

    • JT
      • JaniceInToronto

        I thought it was “rim shot”.

        Rim job brings up a different image completely. Unless you’re into ponies, of course…

        • JT

          Umm. That’s the point. You know, “ass kissing” … oh, forget it.

    • Gregory B

      I’m expecting a shitshow,.

  • Devon Rodriguez
  • tbj5

    Apparently the AP changed their story on how the Friday call went down to more match the WH lies. And didn’t note any correction.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/byrdinator/status/973607152395923456

    • The_Wretched

      grr, lapdog media does what WH wants.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Today…”

    DRINK!

    • Jonathan Smith

      way ahead of you Lumpy 🙂

  • Boreal

    Rimjob for trump by Tillerson coming up.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      The guy was SUPPOSED to be a diplomat.

      • Jonathan Smith

        dRump was SUPPOSED to be a president.

        • kareemachan

          They both aren’t worth the energy I spent typing this.

  • Rex

    Please call him a fucking moron, please call him a fucking moron, please call him a fucking moron….

    • netxtown

      I join you in that.

      Please call him a fucking moron. P.L.E.A.S.E! I’m begging! I’ll even buy a tank of Exxon gas!

  • Treant

    Ready for snarky commentary, but I’m not hitting play. He’s going to be far too complimentary (even though slightly backhanded) and not expose any actual problems like, “I just want to announce that he calls Putin for orders every day.”

    • AmeriCanadian

      Where is billbear when you need his commentary in all caps?

      • Treant

        I know, right? And I can’t fill in, I’m way too sarcastic.

        • Gustav2

          WHY HAVEN’T YOU TAKEN TO THE STREETS! WERE ARE YOUR CONVICTIONS? WHERE IS YOU PATRIOTISM! DON’T COMPLAIN UNTIL YOU DO SOMETHING!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGU1P6lBW6Q

          • AmeriCanadian

            Good start but way too short. 😉

          • Gustav2

            And not as erudite.

          • Treant

            He does have a point, you know. 🙂

          • Gustav2

            He hasn’t been on a couple of other sites we both frequent with other noms de disqus.

  • JackFknTwist

    From the State Dept Briefing room…….it’s just a thank you speech.

    • Gustav2

      Tillerson is a gentleman and wouldn’t want to publicly screw up the country, he will leak later.

      • The_Wretched

        He’s been loyal enough that I doubt he’ll spin beans or leak later.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • JCF

    My stomach is too roiled for popcorn.

  • Joe in PA

    It still doesn’t make sense (to me) that Trump would fire the guy that [mistakenly or not] said that Tillerson didn’t know he was being fired. Were there issues before? I don’t see that as a fireable offense. If that is the level of offense … we are in deep trouble. Oh wait.

    • The_Wretched

      Contradicting the WH or even making a statement the WH didn’t plan for you is a friable offense to them.

      • Joe in PA

        Sarah Huckablilly does it all the time. Hmmm.

        • AmeriCanadian

          I thought she was on thin ice. I’m just waiting for the announcement that Drumpf has full faith in her. Then I’ll KNOW she’s on her way out.

          • Cuberly Deux

            Heh, yep, that’s the kiss of death.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    CNBC turned audio on.

    • Gustav2

      MSNBC has the empty podium on now.

  • Devon Rodriguez

    First and foremost Rex DID NOT want this job so he is happy to GO!!!!

    • Gustav2

      His wife made him/convinced him to take it.

      • safari

        Because Jesus

        • Jonathan Smith

          and that worked out soooo well………….

  • Lumpy Gaga

    How do I turn off ad blocker on CNBC?

    Edge of my seat. Edge of my fucking seat.

  • JoeMyGod

    NOTE: I’ve added network streams to this post. Refresh to see them.

  • Ninja0980

    Burn it all down Rex.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Would you use the free Wi-Fi in the State Department break room?

  • The_Wretched

    Oh goody, they are giving him the SNL set to use as a backdrop.

  • bkmn

    For once Rexxon, speak your mind, loudly and clearly.

  • Bambino

    More likely they will reward him with a private sector job to keep him from saying anything nasty against the fucking moron.

    • Treant

      Trump is stupid. Putin and the Republicans are not. I’m quite sure that Tilly here has been thoroughly bribed and/or threatened with nerve toxin if he speaks.

    • Lars Littlefield

      With his $180 million buyout/retirement bonus from EXXON I doubt he is in accepting anything at his age except for the appearances that pay big appearance fees. Even then.

      • Bambino

        There are plenty of “board of directors” position among the filthy rich that only require you to lunch once in awhile.

  • Boreal

    He will do or say nothing that compromises the ability of his oil holdings to make money.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      He wants to spend more time with his holdings.

      • BobSF_94117

        I’d like to spend more time with his holdings.

  • safari
  • JackFknTwist

    Hahaha…….there’s delay while they rewrite his speech !

  • bkmn

    How many people did Trump order to go over to stop this?

  • Devon Rodriguez

    “He took the job and made it smaller”: how Rex Tillerson failed the State Department…please note this story was from November 2017

    Rex Tillerson’s disastrous tenure as secretary of state may finally be coming to an end.

    The New York Times reports that the White House is planning to fire Tillerson and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo sometime in the next few weeks.

    This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. The consensus among foreign policy observers is that Tillerson’s time as secretary of state has been an unmitigated disaster.

    This raises an obvious, if strange, question: Why did this multimillionaire leave his cushy job at the head of one of the world’s largest corporations to lead a government bureaucracy he didn’t understand and seemingly didn’t respect?

    It’s a question only Tillerson can answer.

    READ MORE HERE: https://www.vox.com/world/2017/9/20/16330028/rex-tillerson-secretary-state-trump-failure

    https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/5uXj-sgSHXwG643MBAPe7Aq8tBQ=/0x0:3000×2000/1200×800/filters:focal(1619×732:2099×1212)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/56760781/rexit3.0.jpg

  • BobSF_94117

    I can’t bear to watch.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    He’s pulling a Sarah Sanders and making us wait…..

  • Will Parkinson

    Now you can tell all those dirty little secrets you know, but never bothered to inform us of.

  • Max_1
    • AmeriCanadian

      No Bingo yet? How is that even possible????

    • narutomania

      I just love how Melania and Ivanka are part of the line-up. He could conceivably give either (or both!) of them the heave-ho. I’m suspecting that he’d dump Melaniacal first, since she’s replaceable. Ivanka … she probably have video of him diddling her when she was 13.

  • safari

    Maybe the government sent someone with them, Donald.
    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/973621532005158912

  • Wisterley

    Trump debases and degrades everyone with whom he comes in contact.

  • Max_1
    • Cuberly Deux

      There’s so few women in that WH the lifeboats would be empty…lol…except for Stephen Miller in drag of course….as far as children I guess that’d be the Trump toddlers

    • pch1013

      The mental defectives are trumpeting the fact that he named a woman to replace Pompeo (TAKE THAT OBAMUNISTS!!1!one!) – but she’s a very bad person.

  • netxtown

    fer gawds sake, rex. give it a fast shake. you’re 10 minutes late.

    • Jonathan Smith

      he’s a shakin!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Jared is asking people for the phone number to HR at State.

    “That is SO NOT classified!!!!!”

  • Jalapeño Business
  • JCF

    “I’m Outta Here!”

    • Gustav2

      March 31

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Afternoon, all…”

    DRINK!!!!!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    So it begins…..

  • Max_1
    • BobSF_94117

      Tillerson did not “blast” anybody yesterday.

      • Max_1

        Of course Rex never used dynomite…
        What’s your point?

        • BobSF_94117

          That reality is bad enough that there’s no reason to exaggerate when making the legitimate point that Tillerson disagreed with the WH publicly.

  • Lars Littlefield

    And here he is, sounding a bit short of breath.

    • Jonathan Smith

      wouldent you be out of breath after that fucking dRump just gave him?

      • Lars Littlefield

        I suspect his short breathiness is because 1. He’s got a bit of stage fright, and 2. He’s pissed as hell at Trump and is holding back his anger in an attempt to leave with a bit of dignity. He’s also telling everyone what he thinks are the most important world stage issues really are and not what Trump imagines they are.

  • Sam_Handwich

    is he gonna cry?

    • Treant

      All the way to the bank, baby.

      All the way to the bank.

    • Gustav2

      Holding back a “Fuck you, Trump!”

    • Jalapeño Business

      I hope he rips his shirt open, beats his chest and gives the double rock on salute.

  • Bambino

    When you willingly attached yourself to a giant piece of turd like Trump, no matter how unjust you are being treated, you will never walk off smelling like roses. There is no face saving when you voluntary shove yours up his filthy ass the first time around. Trump has an excuse because he is a fucking moron. What are these enablers excuse?

    • Dave B

      Piece? Dumpy trumpy is the whole she-bang colon blow pile of shit that has ever lived.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Midnight March 31?

    Surely he means February 31.

    • Sam_Handwich

      news to Dotard!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    He’s weezing…

    • Treant

      Nerve gas samples do that to a guy. “This is only a test…”

      …OK, I’m actually only about half kidding with that.

  • The_Wretched

    Pompeo still needs Senate confirmation.

  • JCF

    I notice he’s not even saying “President”, much less “Trump”.

    “Stay at you posts”: [because we’re under attack. He’s not wrong!]

  • JCF

    Sexual harrassment in the Dept: go on…

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    2 more days, the Ides are nigh….

    • lymis

      Beware the idiots of March….

  • safari

    I’m slightly concerned he’s about to faint. He’s kind of grabbing that lectern.

    • Gustav2

      Rage?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “promoting values”

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “respect for one another”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Bahahahahahaha “Values”

  • netxtown

    i don’t think we’re gonna get to rub one out with this….

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “discharge the doodies”

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “sexual harassment in the Department.”

    (You know what to do.)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • skyweaver

    “Yes I did find out about it in a tweet. And yes he’s still a fucking moron.”

  • JCF

    “the world needs selfless LEADERS like these”: cuz there sure AF ain’t one at 1600 Penn Ave

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh, I have no doubt some of them discharged….

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Selfless leaders.

  • bkmn

    So much for going rogue.

    • JCF

      Going rouge?

    • Treant

      Rouge, maybe. Definitely not rogue.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    New emerging partners AKA Vlad Putin

  • safari

    Does this mean employees get to look him in the eye now?

  • Gustav2

    DoD and SoS have worked together before, it is not just your tenure.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    State don’t need book-lernin’ NERDS!

  • alc2018
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Diplomacy?!?! Has he met his former boss.

    • Bambino

      Another word that means waterboard at Guantanamo for the foreign dignitaries to come to an agreement when the new ex CIA boss takes over.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    They don’t do it for you, Rex.

  • Gustav2

    Taking credit for Korea….heh.

  • JCF

    “partnerships, you can get things done”: coded FU to America-Alone Drumpf.

  • safari

    Why … are we talking about the military’s sacrafices?

    • Because they are softening us up to become a dictatorship, with the military keeping us in line.

      …..or it’s just a offering for the deplorables who worship the military.

  • netxtown

    donnie protects no one but donnie.

  • bkmn

    Remember that Rexxon, Mattis and Mnuchin supposedly had a suicide pact that if one got canned they would all go.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh honey, you had nothing to do with NK

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Today is a total shit show and to make matters worse the Orange Shitgibbon is in my State. I’m gonna be sick.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Around the world? Uh, no you didn’t.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Where’s the part where he warns St. Dept employees, if they’re not Trumpists they will be PURGED!

  • Jonathan Smith

    you got NOTHING done in Syria!

  • Jalapeño Business
    • JCF

      No, she WAS SoS. I believe she feels a lot more than just popcorn-time. 🙁

  • Lumpy Gaga

    This looks in part like Kelly leaving a clusterfuck in his (soon-scheduled) wake, taking advantage of the fact that none of these people probably had security clearances.

  • kanehau

    For someone with no job, he sure is going on.

    • Bambino

      Not like he has a deadline to meet.

  • Max_1
  • Boreal
  • The_Wretched

    “nothing is possible without partners and allies” – tillerson

    America first, america alone – Trump

  • JCF

    “Russia must assess carefully…”

    Not under Putin’s Puppet Drumpf they don’t!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “50 years?”

    He thinks the planet is going to be inhabitable in 50 years?

    • Jonathan Smith

      he will be dead, he don’t care.

      • jimbo65

        So will I. There’s some strange comfort in that. ..

        • Jonathan Smith

          not for my kids.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Whoops.

    “Russian government”.

  • kanehau

    Honesty?

  • hdtex
  • Rebecca Gardner

    His closing remarks were rather chilling.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I suspect we haven’t heard the last from good o; Rex. I’m sure Trump is going to try and force him to sign a pithy DND doc. And I bet he refuses. The boy from Texas has books to write.

      • jimbo65

        And why should he? He can finally tell the fucking moron to fuck off. He’s independently wealthy and set for life. So it’s not like he can hurt him financially.

        • lymis

          Yeah, well, food tasters are expensive….

    • The_Wretched

      I thought they were bland and defeatist?

  • kanehau

    Wham.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “acts of kindness”

    • safari

      “honesty”

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Isolation? Says the former Sec of State to an Isolationist.

  • Jonathan Smith

    well, that was anti-climatic.

  • Max_1
  • Lumpy Gaga

    “To support this government with your tax dollars.”

    “Not ME, asshole.” — Paul Ryan

  • netxtown

    free and open? fuck donnie charges for everything!

  • Jalapeño Business
    • jimbo65

      That’s awesome! Stealing!

  • JackFknTwist

    Much ado about nothing !

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “God Bless America.”

    (“Kiss your asses goodbye.”)

  • teeveedub

    So, the Secretary of State who has been notorious for denying access to members of the press since day one is now going to hold a press conference, now that he’s fired? Thanks a fucking heap, Rex.

    • The_Wretched

      And then say next to nothing.

  • safari

    No questions.

  • JCF

    Chris Matthews also noting he never mentioned the President.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    And just like that, he walks off, head low and questions unanswered. Well, they’re consistent, I’ll give them that.

  • geoffalnutt

    “Ethel to Tilly, Ethel to Tilly. Come in Tilly!…”

  • jimbo65

    The rednecks that voted for him still can’t see the forest for the trees yet can they? In their zeal to make America white again they don’t realize they’re the real takers that 45 and the Gop will ultimately hurt. Say goodbye to your food stamps and Medicaid. Imbeciles

  • netxtown

    well, that was…uh…that was 15 minutes I’ll never get back…

  • Jalapeño Business
  • JCF

    Drumpf also fired the assistant who said that Tillerson didn’t know this was coming.

    “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

  • Edmund Allin

    Bizarroworld.

  • kareemachan

    He didn’t do squat as SOS. Screw him.

    And te drumpster.

    • jimbo65

      The way I see it, he’s done just as much damage with his State department cutbacks and leaving positions unfilled. Was it a mandate from 45/Putin? Who can say. But we’re much more in perilous times because of it.

  • JackFknTwist

    Trump’s ‘bodyman’ is being investigated for ‘serious financial irregularities’ ………a minion !

    Is there any doubt that Trump/turd is also being investigated for bigly bigly irregularities ?

    • canoebum

      I want to see him indicted not only by Mueller, but by Schneiderman as well. A 15 -20 year stretch in Dannemora would be my preferred outcome. No pardon in the offing. It gets cold up there in the winter.

  • Paula

    Tillerson will be upgrading his fucking moron comment to fucking dickhead, later today,

  • AmeriCanadian

    If I know anything it is that Rexy is NOT sexy. At all.

  • Paddycakes2001

    Tuesday morning massacre at State.

  • Leo

    Oh good I didn’t miss much.

    Y’all hoping for a righteous exit in a blaze of glory…just, lol.

    • The_Wretched

      He couldn’t breathe well but managed to sort out who is the SoS. There was some question given the whole confirmation is needed thing and lightning fast removal. He’ll hold title until the end of the month and the deputy- SoS will sign the signatures – not Pompeo.

      Basic law 101. Glad to have all that confirmed.

  • mikemmiv

    What did I miss?

    • jimbo65

      The beginning of the end

  • Leo
    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      I like the hashtag. I’m sure 45* think he’s dissing his Mommy.

  • safari
    • The_Wretched

      I could see sports betting.

    • clay

      how . . . mundane.
      I had hoped for embezzlement.

    • leo77

      A reckless gambler and tax cheat, but he’ll be working on the Trump campaign. Only the best.

      • clay

        gambling and cheating on taxes seems like appropriate practice for that

    • GanymedeRenard

      Is it shallow of me to say he looks kind of sexy? Oh, never mind. I know my weak points. XD

      • jimbo65

        In a hate fuck able way

        • GanymedeRenard

          Thank the gods you get me!

      • clay

        but do you know HIS weak points?

        • GanymedeRenard

          Well, duh! Gambling and evading the IRS. XD

    • Ben in Oakland

      He should do gay porn to raise money.

    • Tread

      Problems with his taxes, you say? Enough to kick him out of the White House? Hmm…

  • Leo
    • Karl Dubhe

      Refused to eat their food, when they went to the effort of making a Ceasar? Ok, not much effort, but the principle…

      You eat what the host serves, or you insult the host.

  • Kevin Andrews
  • Gene Perry

    Trump fires the Sec. of State, then fires the Undersec of State, plus his “bodyman” gets escorted out of the WH due to some $$ scandal. Typical Trump Tuesday!

    • GanymedeRenard

      Scary thing is, we’re used to seeing this, coming from a sitting President’s office. Scary.

  • ab

    Wasn’t Tillerson’s wife, originally running around telling people he was supposed to have that job, because of Jesus. What happened?

    • MBear

      Jesus lied

      • David Walker

        Jeebus is such a card.

    • Gianni

      Seems like even Jesus has a limited capacity for this shit.

  • Natty Enquirer

    So he bows out gracefully instead of walking away. Mustn’t upset the Trump presidency, which was established to keep the super-rich happy.

  • Michael R
  • Kevin Andrews

    State approved messaging only. Sing hail, sing hail, sieg heil, sieg heil.
    The Hair Fuhrer rules with an iron brain, rusted and decomposed.
    The Shitgibbon and minions infesting the Whitey NRA House sure do like their drama, drama, drama.
    One would think that the Queen Gilded Feces and the Princess Pence couldn’t do much more damage.
    Tillerson’s speech: “Moron.”

  • pch1013

    Only the best people, believe me! I’m a stable genius!

  • Grumpys cats Best Friend

    Damn, Glorious Leaders body count is as high as Dirty Harrys.

  • We’re now one firing closer to becoming a police state.

  • David Walker

    At least he got a swipe in at Russia.

  • So…can someone Cliff’s note this for me?

    • David Walker

      Can’t do the MSNBC report…too many people saying the usual, expected garbazh. However, what I got from Tillerson (aside from “fucking moron,” for which I am eternally grateful):
      1. He got a call from AF1 today to make sure T knew he was out. No judgement on the fucking moron being a cowardly wuss, but his one reference “the president,” no name attached.
      2. T is grateful to have served his country for 14 months.
      3. He thinks he given a working relationship between State and Defense (I think there are those who would question that).
      4. Thanks to the Murkin workers who support the govamint through their taxes (not sure where that came from).
      5. Undersecretary Sullivan (I think that was the only name he mentioned) will be in charge until the secretary designate is in place.
      6. T’s last day is 3/31.
      7. Russia really needs to watch its ass.
      I actually felt good about T when he offered that. He was probably fired because of what he said yesterday, but he got one more warning in.

  • Gianni

    Dear Leader does not need a Secretary Of State. He does the job himself and, after making whatever off-the-cuff remarks he wants, the SOS had better have kept his mouth shut until he knows what pronouncements Dear Leader has made so he can absolutely agree with them. It’s a “You don’t have to do anything” job, just agree with your Leader.

  • JackFknTwist

    “Not with a bang but a whimper.”

    • David Walker

      I was hoping for more of a “Julius Caesar” moment, in that the fucking moron would pull a Brutus and make a big show of allowing Antony to speak. Oh, well. Nothing in the last 14 months has failed to disappoint, so why should Rex change that?

      • JackFknTwist

        How about an Othello moment ?
        “Soft you, a word or two before you go.
        I have done the state some service………..”

  • You lie down with dogs, you get kicked out with fleas.

    • JackFknTwist

      You sup with the Devil, you must use a long spoon.

  • MassageBear
  • Taylor Bixler