By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The United States, U.S, President, Donald Trump has revealed why he sacked now-former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
A statement from a top State Department spokesman Tuesday indicated Tillerson had no advance warning of his termination beyond a heads-up that the President would tweet something important.
Trump, in a tweet after the sack was announced, disclosed that Tillerson spoke ill about the Russian President, Vladimir Putin despite his warning.
According to the President, “I just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Yesterday Rex said something mean about Putin.
“I’ve warned every American that under no circumstances was anyone allowed to criticize Putin or Russia (even if they committed acts of war against us). Mike Pompeo will replace Rex,” Trump tweeted
While issuing what can be seen as
his toughest comments to date on Russia, Tillerson said that a nerve agent used on a former Russian spy in Britain last week “clearly came from Russia.”
He also called Russia “an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens.”
This flies in the face of White House’s position as the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered noncommittal remarks Monday about Russia’s alleged role in the nerve-agent attack.
Trump spoke on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, but according to a White House readout he said only that Russia “must provide unambiguous answers” about the matter.