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Washington - Trump Choice To Oust Tillerson Made "By Myself",

Published on: March 13, 2018 09:48 AM
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Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, left, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, left, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington - President Donald Trump is telling reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “by myself.”

The president is adding that Tillerson will be “much happier now,” and he appreciates his service. Trump says he and Tillerson had been “talking about this for a long time,” and they had disagreed on issues like the Iran deal.

Trump is praising the energy and intellect of his incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who has led the CIA.

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The president spoke to reporters at the White House shortly before departing for Joint Base Andrews for his trip to California.

A top State Department official says President Donald Trump never explained to ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the reason why he was fired.

The undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, Steve Goldstein, says Tillerson “had every intention of staying” in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security.

Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday. The sources weren’t authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity.

But Goldstein says Tillerson “did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason.”

Goldstein says Tillerson will miss his colleagues at the State Department and the foreign ministers he worked with.

Trump named Mike Pompeo, who had been CIA director, as his new secretary.

Goldstein said, “We wish Secretary Pompeo well.”

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is hailing Mike Pompeo as a “great decision” for next secretary of state.

Haley, who had her own contentious relationship with ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, congratulated Pompeo in a tweet and called him her “friend.”

She wrote: “Great decision by the President.”

Over months of speculation about Tillerson’s future, Haley had been rumored as one possible successor.



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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM hashomer Says:

Long time Trumpf personal aide John McEntee FIRED yesterday by the Orange Pootin and escorted out of WH! He has the 'best people'? There's no chaos in the WH? TILLIE finds out bt TWEET! When will he be FIRED?

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

There was no way that Tillerson was going to stay as Secretary of State, after it was reported that he referred to Trump as "a moron". Tillerson has never denied making that statement.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:37 AM Phineas Says:

Well, from what I read about Gina Haspel she is a good choice for CIA director. Trump really wants to run foreign relations himself so the Secretary of State is pretty much a diminished position, especially with so many embassy appointments still vacant.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 10:52 AM shimonyehuda Says:

he spoke against Russia. True boss Putin had him fired!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 02:55 PM Crazykanoiy Says:

Only a vile, egotistical, repulsive and self-centered individual would fire a member of his own cabinet on twitter without having the basic decency and courtesy to pick up the phone and speak to him in person. Trump is a disgusting individual.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

Long time Trumpf personal aide John McEntee FIRED yesterday by the Orange Pootin and escorted out of WH! He has the 'best people'? There's no chaos in the WH? TILLIE finds out bt TWEET! When will he be FIRED?

Trumpf...orange yutz.... agent orange....I hate Trumpf....I’m obsessed with Trumpf....help me, I’m a snowflake idiot, arrrgggghhhhhh!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Actually Tillerson wasn’t tough enough and didn’t agree with the president on how strong he wanted to be in foreign affairs. This is great news. Bye bye, Iran appeasement deal!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 04:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
hashomer Says:

Long time Trumpf personal aide John McEntee FIRED yesterday by the Orange Pootin and escorted out of WH! He has the 'best people'? There's no chaos in the WH? TILLIE finds out bt TWEET! When will he be FIRED?

POTUS and Rex were talking about the latter's leaving for a long time. You don't know what you're talking about, as usual.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

he will make Hillary secretary of state. mark my word. my word is as good as that putz in the white house.
sad.

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