Trump Gives Tillerson the Ax After Months of Undermining

Chris Menahan
Mar. 13, 2018

It had to be done.

From The Daily Mail:
Rex Tillerson bid farewell to the State Department on Tuesday, revealing that President Donald Trump had not told him he was out of a job until three hours after publicly firing him in a tweet heard 'round the world.

And in a statement to reporters, Tillerson pointedly neglected to thank Trump for the opportunity to serve in the role once inhabited by Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster and Henry Kissinger. Instead he thanked 'the 300-plus million Americans' whom he ultimately served, and said he would soon thank his front-office and policy planning staff in person.

He said shortly after 2:00 p.m. that he had talked with Trump around lunchtime. The president's unexpected tweet came before 9:00 a.m.

'I received a call today from the President of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One,' he said.

'I've also spoken to White House Chief of Staff Kelly to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead.'

The shaken-sounding outgoing cabinet secretary explained that his official ending date will be March 31, and that he aims for an 'orderly and smooth transition' for his replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Tillerson was undermining Trump constantly and most recently pushed the unproven claim Russia poisoned Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia who are living in the UK:
Tillerson's last public act had been firmly blaming Russia for the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter – which the White House had pointedly avoided saying was carried out by Vladimir Putin's government.

As he left the White House for a trip to California, Trump told reporters that he and Tillerson had been 'talking about this for a long time' but that he 'made the decision by myself.'
They're actively trying to start a war with Russia over this supposed attack. We're just supposed to trust them it was the evil Russkies.

Today, it was also reported that Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was found dead at his home in London. They say there's no evidence yet linking his death to the poisoning of Skripal. The cause of Glushkov's death is still unknown.

Trump also fired Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein:

Unfortunately, Trump's replacements, as usual, are more of the same:

Maybe he sees something special in these people the rest of us don't, but it seems like his staffing decisions are terrible and we're going to have to watch the same cycle repeat itself.

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