The information was stuffed this morning with the shock announcement that Rex Tillerson, the previous oil govt Donald Trump appointed as Secretary of State, had been eliminated in favor of Mike Pompeo, who up to now had been working the CIA. This morning, Trump remarked on the choice, and made a couple of claims in regards to the nature of the choice. The validity of these claims, nevertheless, was virtually instantly thrown into query.
In short remarks to the press corps after asserting the firing on Twitter, Trump claimed that he was doing this extra for Tillerson’s sake than his personal:
“Rex and I’ve been speaking about this for a very long time….I made that call on my own, I feel Rex shall be a lot happier now.”
Nonetheless, this immediately contradicts a press release, additionally issued on Twitter, on December 1st:
And it doesn’t appear to align with the remainder of the administration’s response. Tillerson reportedly discovered the President would ask for his resignation on the similar time the press did. Tillerson was reportedly in the midst of delicate nationwide safety work, and clearly wasn’t anticipating to be dismissed. It’s unclear whether or not Mike Pompeo had been appraised of his switch, as properly. Additionally curious is the timing, as Tillerson had, simply yesterday, damaged with the Trump administration’s refusal to acknowledge Russia was concerned in a chemical weapons assault on British soil.
(by way of CNN)
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