Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was reportedly informed Tuesday, via Twitter, that he was out as secretary of state.
According to several reports, President Donald Trump did not give Tillerson a heads-up about the decision. Instead, the outgoing diplomat learned of his ouster along with the rest of the world:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
The president tapped CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement and named Gina Haspel, a career intelligence officer, to take over Pompeo’s post. She is the first woman to hold the position.
— Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) March 13, 2018
Tillerson’s top spox says he found out he was fired when he read it on Twitter #FFS
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 13, 2018
And Tillerson wasn’t alone in how he allegedly learned about his firing. According to one GOP aide who spoke to CNN, Republican lawmakers learned of Tillerson’s exit via social media and push notifications on their phones.
“Twitter. And news alerts, just like everyone else, apparently,” said a senior GOP aide who specializes in foreign policy.