The Rise and Fall of Rex Tillerson: A Timeline

After months of speculation, President Donald Trump finally ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Trump announced on Tuesday morning that he was replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who would be replaced by Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel, who will be the first woman to lead the agency.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018

Speaking to reporters before boarding Air Force One, Trump said he thinks Tillerson will be much happier once he leaves the position, and that the two were of a “different mindset.” But Tillerson’s associates struck a very different tone, saying that the Secretary had not spoken to the President this morning, was unaware of the reason behind the personnel change and had harbored every intention of continuing in his role.

The diverging viewpoints of the ouster is only the latest in a series of sparring and disputes between Trump and Tillerson. Here’s a timeline of the relationship’s highs and lows.

Dec. 11, 2016: Trump puts Tillerson on short list

After considering everyone from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, President-elect Trump puts the soon-to-retire Exxon Mobil CEO at the top of his short list, which would make him the first person in at least a century to be elevated to the post without prior government experience.

Dec. 13, 2016: Trump announces Tillerson pick

In announcing his selection of Tillerson as Secretary of State, Trump calls him one of the “truly great business leaders of the world.”

I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2016

March 22, 2017: ‘I didn’t want this job’

In a break with tradition, Tillerson brings only one journalist with him on a trip to Asia, a reporter from the conservative-leaning Independent Journal Review. In an interview published March 22, he says he was reluctant to accept the job. “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” he said. “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

Sept. 30, 2017: Tillerson looks to negotiate with North Korea

Tillerson tells reporters that the U.S. is in direct communication with North Korea over its missile and nuclear testing, with both sides looking to start negotiations. “We are probing, so stay tuned,” he says. “We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout.”

Oct. 1, 2017: Trump said negotiating is a waste of time

One day after Tillerson’s remarks, Trump tweets that he thinks efforts to begin communicating with North Korea are a waste of time.

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Source:: Time – Politics

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