President Donald Trump had some accolades and compliments for now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but firing your secretary of state by Twitter while he is on an overseas trip sends a clear message of pique and disdain.
It also came on the heels of Trump's ground-breaking statement last week that he had accepted the invitation from the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, for a meeting.
"We were not really thinking the same", Trump told reporters at the White House, explaining his decision to replace Tillerson. "Aside from the loss of senior diplomat Joe Yun, the designate for Under Secretary of State for East Asia/Pacific Susan Thornton now has a big question mark around her since Tillerson [for once] fought hard to get a talented career official nominated to this key job".
January 30, 2017: Trump fired the acting attorney general, who was appointed by Obama, after she directed the Justice Department not to defend the president's first travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Pompeo, a former Army officer who represented a Kansas district in Congress before taking the Central Intelligence Agency job, is seen as a Trump loyalist who has enjoyed a less hostile relationship with career spies than Tillerson had with career diplomats.
With Tillerson and Goldstein gone, almost all the top positions at the State Department will be left vacant.
Trump stated Tuesday that the reason behind the line-up change was Tillerson's support for the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal. "Just a day after Secretary Tillerson broke with the White House on Russian Federation, he is out of a job".
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in Djibouti, March 9, 2018.
The reality-show drama of the moment aside, the unceremonious firing of the secretary of state sends troubling messages to serious policymakers and political leaders, and it has negative consequences. He is a former member of the Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee and served as national president of the Boy Scouts from 2010 to 2012.
Trump's decision, first reported by The Washington Post, shocked Washington, since Tillerson had just wrapped up his visit to Africa.
The president frequently complained to his West Wing advisers about Tillerson, and Tillerson once reportedly called Trump a "moron" behind his back. There was disagreement between the two over the Iran nuclear deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Syria, Russia, North Korea.
When Tillerson didn't step aside, Trump fired him, that official said.
"I close by thanking all for the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months", he said.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, issued a statement wishing Pompeo well.