For some reason, now former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to be the only one surprised by his firing by President Trump. To most on the political front, it has seemed inevitable for five months, when Tillerson was quoted as calling the President a “moron.” But when he spoke about his firing (video below), he clearly seemed surprised in his emotional statement.
Under Secretary Steve Goldstein confirmed that the Secretary was shocked and found out about his departure in the oddest of circumstances, saying in a statement:
“The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security. He will miss his colleagues at the the [sic] Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world.
“The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling.
“We wish Secretary Designate Pompeo well.”
Goldstein was also fired following the release of that statement.
It is also being reported that Tillerson’s firing was communicated through a Tweet.
Tillerson has plenty of support and was often seemed as one of the few “grown ups” in the Administration. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who is one of the most senior members of Congress, said in a statement following the firing that “We can all be proud of Rex Tillerson and his steady, thoughtful leadership as Secretary of State… he represents our country with the diplomacy and strength of a true Texan and a great American. His service is so appreciated and I wish him and his wife, Renda, all the best.”
Below is Tillerson’s statement. Notably absent was a “thank you” to the President.