U.S. Secretary Tillerson Warns Russia in his Farewell Speech

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses U.S. Mission Nigeria staff at a Meet and Greet at U.S. Embassy Abuja in Nigeria on March 12, 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses U.S. Mission Nigeria staff at a Meet and Greet at U.S. Embassy Abuja in Nigeria on March 12, 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

The sacked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has failed to thank President Trump and warned Russia in his farewell speech.

Tillerson also said that “much work remains to respond to the troubling behavior and actions on the part of the Russian government.”

Mr. Tillerson warned that Russia could face “greater isolation on their part, a situation which is not in anyone’s interest.”

Mr. Tillerson said he received a call “from the President of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One,” which happens to be some hours after the President’s tweet.

Tillerson praised the State Department. He told his colleagues in his farewell speech “we all took the same oath of office… we are all bound by that common commitment: to support and defend the constitution, to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and to faithfully discharge the duties of our office.”

Mr. Tillerson, however, failed to thank President Trump in his farewell speech. He ended his speech saying “I’ll now return to private life as a private citizen.”

Tillerson Aide Fired

The White House has fired a top Tillerson for contradicting Trump administration narrative of firing Tillerson.

A top Tillerson aide Mr. Goldstein said in a statement after Donald Trump confirmed Tillerson’s dismissal, “The Secretary had every intention of remaining because of the tangible progress made on critical national security issues.

“The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted.”

The U.S. President Donald Trump sacked the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with the CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Firing Tillerson and replacing with Pompeo has been the biggest shake-up of his cabinet since taking office.

The White House administration has been going through shake-ups since Donald Trump took the office as the President.

But Tillerson’s removal came as a big surprise in a time when Trump has been planning a meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

President Trump said in a tweet, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!

“Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”

The relation between Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has not been very warm on various issues.

They have clear opposite stands in many issues like Iran deal, Gulf crisis, Korean Peninsula crisis and etc. Donald Trump supported the Saudi bloc openly in the ongoing Gulf crisis whereas Tillerson has been seeking a solution.

Their mutual relation reached the lowest when the U.S. media reported Tillerson of calling Trump a ‘moron’ about which he abstained from commenting in the press.


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