Rex Tillerson ousted as Secretary of State after clashing with Trump
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is out as Secretary of State.
The former Exxon CEO, tapped by Trump to become the nation’s top diplomat, stepped down after seeing his relationship with the president deteriorate as the White House lurched from crisis to crisis, reported the Washington Post.
He will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
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
The president reportedly told Tillerson on Friday that he would be fired.
Tillerson on Monday contradicted the White House position on the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain by agreeing with the United States’ NATO ally — which blamed the attack on the Kremlin.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders agreed Britain was America’s “closest ally,” but she stopped short of blaming the attack on Russia.
Tillerson, on the other hand, said the “egregious act” would “certainly will trigger a response.”
Earlier Tillerson put distance between himself and Trump following the president’s controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville with a terse, “The president speaks for himself.”
Axios recently reported that Trump has grown increasingly dissatisfied with Tillerson, telling aides, “Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.”
Tillerson joins a long list of top Trump officials, including Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, who have exited the administration as the president’s approval numbers continue tanking.