WASHINGTON – President Trump announced this morning that the 69th Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was fired. Trump announced via Twitter that Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will replace him.
Trump has been undermining Tillerson over the last several months and it was reported that Tillerson had called President trump “a moron” in October of 2017, though Tillerson would not confirm that.
But yesterday, Tillerson broke Trump’s golden rule, don’t speak ill of Russia. The State Department released a statement on Monday evening where Tillerson called Russia “an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens.” He called the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a nerve agent in the U.K. “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia.
It’s no surprise that less than 24 hours later, he was terminated. But Tillerson did not find out about his employment loss with the infamous Trump catch-phrase, “You’re Fired,” instead he read about it on the internet.
A source close to Tillerson told Hashtag Fake News that early this morning Tillerson was alerted via email about changes to his Wikipedia account. The notification asked for a confirmation from Tillerson to an added paragraph on the website which reads, “On March 13, 2018, President Trump fired Tillerson and announced that he would be succeeded by Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State after one of the shortest tenures in modern history.”
He reportedly did not confirm that the information was true until President Trump tweeted of his termination about one hour later. No one is surprised that Tillerson discovered his employment was over from the internet. In May 2017, then FBI Director, Jim Comey was speaking to employees in Los Angeles when he saw the news break that he was fired by Trump. Staffers in the White House have been reportedly updating their data plans to ensure that they continue to internet access so they will know if they lose their job.