Secretary of State Rexxon Tillerson was humiliated by Donald Trump after the former reality show star fired him on Twitter. The veteran oil executive wasn’t an effective negotiator and the fact that he gutted his own department proves that he wasn’t the right man for the job, but then again, Trump isn’t the right man to lead the most powerful country on earth. Trump’s tweet to fire a top official displays how incapable Donald is holding the highest seat in the land.
On Friday, Tillerson said in a farewell message that he will “continue to pray” for the U.S., according to the Associated Press.
“Know that I will continue to pray for our country, our leaders, and your efforts to make this world a better place than we found it,” Tillerson said.
The exiting Secretary of State urged the diplomatic corps to “continue to exhibit the leadership qualities for which you are distinguished” as they prepare for new leadership.
“Although you typically receive little recognition or acclaim for these sacrifices, your uncommon devotion allows hundreds of millions of Americans to live in peace and in freedom,” he said.
Tillerson did not mention Donald Trump or his designated successor, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, in the farewell message. He did say that the State Department was “in good hands” with its interim chief, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, but again, he did not mention Pompeo or Trump.
“In this time of transition, I know you will continue to exhibit the leadership qualities for which you are distinguished,” he said. “I urge you to remain focused on our shared mission and embrace an orderly and smooth transition process. I have every confidence that you will continue to work diligently to advance our national interests and our values as a nation.”
Well, that was the most dignified ‘fuck you’ to Donald Trump ever.
Tillerson clashed with Trump on key policy issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord. His last official day in office is March 31st.
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