The White House also fired Rex Tillerson's spokesperson after he contested the timing of Tillerson's knowledge of his firing.
President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet ahead of his visit to California Tuesday morning. The White House announced that Tillerson had been informed of his termination as early as last Friday but Steve Goldstein, Tillerson's spokesperson, said Tuesday that Tillerson had not spoken to the President and was unaware of the firing before reading the tweet.
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
“The Secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues. He established and enjoyed relationships with his counterparts,” Goldstein said on Twitter.
The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning 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 and not to be regretted.— Steve Goldstein (@UnderSecPD) March 13, 2018
We wish Secretary-Designate Pompeo well