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1000, 13 Mar 18

Tillerson Sacked

Ouch. Sacked by a tweet.

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

Thanking Mr Tillerson for his service on Twitter, Mr Trump said the new state secretary would do “a fantastic job”.

Mr Tillerson, a former chief executive of ExxonMobil, was only appointed to the job just over a year ago.

The president also nominated Gina Haspel to become the first woman director of the CIA.

In general, this is a positive move. Tillerson was ineffective as SOS. But it isn’t too much to ask that the President pick up the phone and do it in person.


1000, 13 March 2018


  1. jonnyv

    Honestly, do you expect anything else? For being “the great deal maker”… he is pretty spineless when it comes to confrontation on anything other than Twitter. I really can’t wait for another 2 weeks when he has some dumb demeaning nickname for Tillerson that he is spouting off about on Twitter as well.

    And I can’t say whether Pompeo will be better or worse. With this administration it is honestly a wait and see kinda thing. But I am curious to see Haspel in at the CIA. Although she has a dubious background.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    And here is the scary part: Per trump, “With Mike Pompeo,” he said, “we have a similar thought process.”  That is something to be afraid of.  I wonder if Pompeo has the same 3rd grade vocabulary as well.

  3. Pat

    Sacked the day after he rebuked Russia for chemical attack in UK.

  4. Jason

    >Sacked the day after he rebuked Russia for chemical attack in UK.

    Sounds like something that someone with tribal political bias would say.

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Just remember, “I only hire the best”.  We need to demand a definition for the word “best”.  Or maybe the word in use now is sycophant.

  6. jonnyv

    To be fair, i don’t think that he was sacked because of what he said about Russia. Tillerson’s head has been on the chopping block since he called Trump “A Fucking Moron”, and didn’t back down from the statement.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think that Trump is going too light on Russia, and there is a good chance they have SOMETHING on him. But, I can’t place this particular firing on Russia directly.

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