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Politics Tillerson fails to thank Trump after firing

22:05  13 march  2018
22:05  13 march  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson participates in a news conference with Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, after their meeting, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP) © JONATHAN ERNST/pool/AP U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson participates in a news conference with Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Workneh Gebeyehu, after their meeting, Thursday, March 8, 2018 in in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanked the American people, his State Department staff and the nation's extensive network of diplomats in his farewell statement on Tuesday.

One person he did not thank: President Donald Trump, the man who nominated him for the job but abruptly told the world of his ouster in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

The only mention of Trump came at the top of the statement when Tillerson mentioned that the President had called him at "a little after noontime from Air Force One" to talk about his ouster. That call came hours after Trump told the world he was replacing the former oil tycoon with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

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Trump announced earlier that he had fired Tillerson , replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Ex-prisoner pleads for re-arrest after housing failures .

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Tillerson told reporters he is delegating all his authorities at the end of Tuesday and that his tenure will officially end on March 31.

Highlighting what he considers key accomplishments from his year in the top US diplomatic post, Tillerson mentioned his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table through a "maximum pressure campaign."

"Working with allies, we exceeded the expectations of almost everyone with the DPRK maximum pressure campaign," Tillerson told reporters.

He also highlighted progress in Afghanistan and in the global campaign against ISIS in Syria.

Speaking from the agency's briefing room, Tillerson said his priority is to ensure a smooth transition.

Trump announced earlier that he had fired Tillerson, replacing his top diplomat ahead of a potential high-stakes sitdown between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Tillerson's departure follows months of tension between him and Trump.

The President plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Tillerson, and picked Gina Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, to take over from Pompeo.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he respected Tillerson's "intellect" and said he "got along well with Rex."

"I think Rex will be much happier now," Trump said.

Mattis downplays significance of Tillerson’s firing as ‘a Washington, D.C., story’ .
'The durability of our relationships goes beyond personalities,' Mattis said.Mattis was in Afghanistan on Tuesday when the news broke that President Trump fired the nation’s top diplomat after not seeing eye-to-eye on several issues. A spokesman traveling with the Pentagon chief declined to discuss the news then, but Mattis did so on a military flight to Washington at the tail end of a five-day trip that also included stops in Oman and Bahrain.

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