The State Department said that Rex Tillerson did not speak to President Trump before the announcement that Mike Pompeo would replace Tillerson as Secretary of State, adding that Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his dismissal. State added that Tillerson “had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security.”
Remarkable statement from State Department spokesman on Tillerson firing: pic.twitter.com/iBpLaK1tXw
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018
The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!https://t.co/FrqiPLFJ1E
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Tillerson’s top spox says he found out he was fired when he read it on Twitter #FFS
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 13, 2018
This is how the Secretary of State found out he was fired.
He read this. https://t.co/DEdiUr8pak
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) March 13, 2018
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
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
WH saying Tillerson was informed Friday, but State Dept statement today seems to indicate he just found out today. Which *really* makes one wonder about the role of the Russia statement yesterday.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 13, 2018
— Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) 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
Tillerson blames Russia for nerve gas attack last night. Fired this morning.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) 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
Rex Tillerson, recipient of the Russian Order of Friendship, canned by Trump for being too tough on Russia.
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) March 13, 2018