The exact reason behind Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson remains unclear. However, the context clues are there. Why did Trump suddenly decide to fire Tillerson only after Tillerson began speaking publicly about continued Russian interference in U.S. elections? The president continues to stay tightlipped regarding Russia, except for claims that Mueller’s probe is a “witch hunt.”
The best reporters could get from Trump on Tillerson’s firing was: “I actually got along great with Rex, but really, it was a different mindset,” Trump stated.
Tillerson spoke during a press conference after acknowledging that he’d been fired via Twitter, and he refused to thank the president for the opportunity to serve in his administration.
Rex also did not call Donald by his name, stating, “I received a call today from the president of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One, and I’ve also spoken to White House chief of staff [John] Kelly to ensure we have clarity about the days ahead.”
He added, “What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges.”
Tillerson then set his sights on Russia, stating that “much work remains to respond to the troubling behavior and actions on the part of the Russian government.”
“Russia must assess carefully as to how its actions are in the best interests of the Russian people and of the world more broadly,” said Tillerson. “Continuing on their current trajectory is likely to lead to greater isolation on their part, a situation which is not in anyone’s interest.”
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