US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has been fired by President Donald Trump via a tweet yesterday.
The blindsided Tillerson learned of his sacking through Twitter.
In a statement released by the State Department, Tillerson in his response claimed that he “is unaware of the reason” for his ouster by Trump.
The interesting lessons to be gleaned from this unorthodox departure of Tillerson are that if you’re not on the same wavelength as the boss, and you criticize the boss in memorable but unflattering terms, then the boss might jolly well say you’re “much happier now” that you’re no longer in his cabinet.
BREAKING: Trump says he made decision to oust secretary of state `by myself,' says Tillerson will be `much happier now' .
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 13, 2018
For the record, Tillerson is the second member to depart from the Trump cabinet. The first was former Health Secretary Tom Price who resigned on 29 Sept 2017 due to controversy over his extravagant travel expenses claims.
Staying on same page as the boss
Commenting on Tillerson, Trump explained, “We disagreed on things”; “Really, it was a different mindset. It was a different thinking”.
⇓ Tillerson was overheard by officials calling Trump a “f***ing moron”; Tillerson has never denied the remark
Now we know why and when Rex Tillerson called Donald Trump a “fucking moron.” – Slate Magazine – … pic.twitter.com/A3OH33i7nP
— All Trump News (@AllTrumpNews) October 11, 2017
Tillerson’s performance in the State Department has been rated very poorly – “one of the worst secretaries of state in US history”, in fact.
A wider lesson to be gleaned from this American breaking news is that No.1 might be within bounds to remove his underperforming minister(s) who disagree and oppose him all too often in public, to the extent of undermining confidence in the unity and consensus of the cabinet … hint, hint MCA that shrunk Chinese support for BN to a meagre 10 percent.
⇓ Fail … the incredible shrinking State Department
“He took the job and made it smaller”: how Rex Tillerson failed the State Department https://t.co/5wyIqUznJw
— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 5, 2017
The presidential order of succession if President Trump were to leave office:
- Vice President Mike Pence
- House Speaker Paul Ryan
- President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch
- Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson)
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
- Defense Secretary James Mattis