As reported earlier, Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was dismissed and replaced Tuesday after being called back early from his trip to Africa.
As speculation swirled around the firing, CNN latched on to one salacious detail that appears to be, in fact, false. The chyron shouted the claim that a state official said Tillerson didn’t know he was being replaced until Trump tweeted about it on Tuesday morning.
Rex Tillerson found out he was fired by President Trump’s tweet on Tuesday morning, according to Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy https://t.co/TYsY77tQUx pic.twitter.com/YME9uMvTXI
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2018
However, the story as often is the case, may not be that sexy. A conflicting report from the Washington Post says administration officials — not Trump himself — asked Tillerson on Friday, March 9, to step aside.
Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step aside, and the embattled diplomat cut short a trip to Africa on Monday