Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump on Monday after he refused a request to resign.
According to CNN, Tillerson officially learned of his firing on Tuesday morning when Trump informed the world in a tweet. But reports also said that Chief of Staff John Kelly had contacted Kelly on Friday to warn him.
Sources told AP's Zeke Miller that Kelly had asked Tillerson to resign, but the secretary of state refused and forced Trump to personally take the action on Monday.
WH official says chief of staff John Kelly called Tillerson Friday and again on Saturday. Both calls to Tillerson,… https://t.co/v1y2UQPlSn— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller) 1520956140.0
.@JohnRobertsFox: WH source tells Fox News John Kelly called Tillerson Friday to tell him POTUS wanted him to step… https://t.co/2uftLnWHMt— Jennifer Griffin (@Jennifer Griffin) 1520958639.0