The U.S. is such a banana republic now — with all due apologies to banana republics: Trump just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after just 14 months on the job, replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo (as SOS?!), and he did it without so much as speaking to Tillerson.
Tillerson found out by reading Trump's tweet:
The White House said Trump asked Tillerson to step down on Friday so the president could have a “new team in place” for an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But a State Department spokesman told CNN that Tillerson found out about his firing when Trump announced it on Twitter on Tuesday.
According to a statement that followed Trump’s announcement, Tillerson ”had every intention of staying,” the State Department said. “The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason.”
Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he “made that decision by myself” to remove Tillerson, and noted that “Rex, as you know, was not in this country” at the time. He alluded to their disagreements, saying, “we were not thinking the same,” and predicted, “Rex will be happier now.”