“The secretary didn’t communicate to the president this morning and is unaware of the rationale, however he’s grateful for the chance to serve, and nonetheless believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and to not be regretted,” Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein mentioned.
Tillerson arrived again in Washington earlier than daybreak on Tuesday after a tour of African international locations and some hours later Trump introduced abruptly on Twitter that he was to get replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.
“We want Secretary-Designate Pompeo nicely,” Goldstein — who’s undersecretary of state for public affairs and public diplomacy — mentioned, in a collection of tweets from his official account.
“The secretary had each intention of remaining due to the tangible progress made on crucial nationwide safety points. He established and loved relationships together with his counterparts,” he mentioned.
“The secretary will miss his colleagues on the Division of State and loved working along with the Division of Protection in an uncommonly sturdy relationship,” he added, in a nod to Tillerson’s shut working relationship with Secretary of Protection Jim Mattis.
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