Was Tillerson Fired By Trump While In Kenya For Calling Him a Moron?

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(Last Updated On: March 14, 2018)

The Secretary of state left Kenya on Monday after a three-day visit to Nairobi.

However, the US secretary of state was forced to cut short his visit and thereby telling the media that he was sick but this seems not to be the case.

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As the Washington post suggests, Donald Trump had asked Tillerson to step aside moments after he arrived in Kenya.

During his short stay, he was forced to cancel events that he was scheduled to undertake including meeting American diplomats serving in the US embassy and the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.

Tillerson Had Earlier Called Trump a Moron

Tillerson reportedly made the remark at a meeting at the Pentagon last yearand then held a press conference in October to insist that he thinks the president is smart. Tillerson has never explicitly denied that he called Trump “a moron.”

When Collins asked if being personally insulted played a part in Tillerson’s exit, Trump insisted that the two men get along, but they just had “a different mindset, a different thinking” regarding diplomacy.

“I wish Rex a lot of good things,” Trump said. “I think he’s going to be very happy. I think Rex will be much happier now, but I really appreciate his service.”

Here a transcript of the interview:

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REPORTER: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

MR. TRUMP: What?

REPORTER: Did you fire him because he called you a moron?

MR. TRUMP: Say it again.

REPORTER: (inaudible) Why now?

MR. TRUMP: I respect his intellect. I respect the process that we’ve all gone through together. We have a very good relationship. For whatever reason, chemistry, whatever it is. Why do people get along? I’ve always right from the beginning from day one, I’ve gotten along well with Mike Pompeo.

And frankly I get along well with Rex, too. And, you know, I wish Rex a lot of good things. I think he’s going to do — I think he’s going to be very happy. I think Rex will be much happier now. But I really appreciate his service.

But with Mike, we’ve had a very good chemistry right from the beginning.

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