Political Editors / Mar. 13, 2018

Tillerson Is Out

Surprise — Trump fires the secretary of state and replaces him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

It has been rumored numerous times over the last nine months or so, but now those rumors are fact. President Donald Trump has removed Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. It was no secret that Trump and Tillerson did not see eye-to-eye on several issues, but a spokesman for Tillerson said that he was not expecting to be let go and “had every intention of staying.” In fact, he reportedly found out from Trump’s tweet and is “unaware of the reason” for his firing. We believe there are two keys: North Korea and Iran.

Trump has tapped current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to step in as head of the State Department, and he nominated current CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo. In his announcement, Trump noted Pompeo’s impressive record of service in both the military and Congress, and he also highlighted the fact that Haspel “will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone.” Trump then thanked Tillerson for his service and wished him and his family well. And so ends the somewhat rocky term for Tillerson at the State Department — a term that was still light years ahead of that of either Hillary Clinton or John Kerry.


The State Department official responsible for the claim that Tillerson found out from Trump’s tweet and didn’t know the reason for his firing has been fired. The White House chaos continues…

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