The information was crammed 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 so far had been operating the CIA. This morning, Trump remarked on the choice, and made a number of claims concerning the nature of the choice. The validity of these claims, nonetheless, was nearly instantly thrown into query.

Briefly remarks to the press corps after saying 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 believe Rex will probably be a lot happier now.”

Nonetheless, this immediately contradicts an announcement, 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 course 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 effectively. 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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