Trump on Tillerson Firing: I actually got along great with Rex, but really, it was a different mindset,”
Trump fired Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump has also nominated Gina Haspel to the CIA Director post.
Donald Trump informed the reporters about the decision and said he made the decision himself. Means he did not speak with Rex Tillerson before firing him.
Trump said “I actually got along great with Rex, but really, it was a different mindset,”
Trump and Tillerson reportedly clashed many times, most famously when the secretary of State reportedly referred to Trump in private as a “moron.” The report clearly got under Trump’s skin, and the president responded by challenging Tillerson to an IQ test.
Trump tweeted the news of the staff changes shortly after Tillerson’s firing was first reported by The Washington Post. Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted.
He said “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!”
According to reports, John Kelly called Tillerson on Friday night to tell him that Trump had decided to let him go. The call was short and not testy, and that it was not focused on policy issues or differences.
Tillerson returned to the United States early Tuesday morning — hours before the Post story broke.
State Department spokesperson said Tillerson was unaware of his removal from the post.
“The Secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues,”
“The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted.”