President Trump tells Rex Tillerson “You’re fired”. He also explains that Tillerson will actually be happier not working for Trump.
Trump is replacing Tillerson with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
Trump didn’t have the decorum to advise Rex in a private meeting. Tillerson found out he was fired at the same time as the general public. It’s the same scenario as the firing of James Comey.
So who is Pompeo? He supported restoring the National Security Agencys bulk collection of telephone metadata, a contentious terror-fighting tool Congress eliminated after Snowdens revelations. Its unclear if Pompeos views on using harsh interrogation techniques completely mirror those of Trump, who says: We should go tougher than waterboarding, which simulates drowning.
In September 2017, Pompeo said in his official capacity as CIA director, apparently inaccurately, that U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian interference did not affect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential electi
Pompeo directly contradicted U.S. intelligence agencies, which said that they had made no assessment one way or the other on the impact of Moscows hacking and propaganda campaign but its report stated that Russias aim was to try and help then-Republican candidate Donald Trumps election chances.
U.S. ambassadorships in at least 57 different posts remain vacant 13 months into the Trump administration, according to the State Department’s most recent list of overseas ambassadors dated February 1, 2018.
At the same time as Tillerson is leaving, it is also being announced that John McEntee, Trump’s personal assistant, was also fired. He was “escorted out of the White House.” The reason for his firing was not announced.
It appears Trump is so paranoid that he removes even his most trusted aids and cabinet members without any warning, and without even the courtesy of a “thanks but have to say bye bye.”