Wow. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did what any United States official should have done, backed an ally who was attacked by a hostile power. He got fired for it.
Yesterday, while en route to Washington, D.C. from Nigeria, Tillerson was asked about the poisoning in London of ex-spy Sergei Skripal. He stated the attack “clearly came from Russia”, and “certainly will trigger a response” on the part of the United States.
Well clearly President Trump can’t have anyone in his administration dissing the Russians, so Tillerson was fired. And of course, Trump being Trump, the firing was announced via Twitter:
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!
5:44 AM – 13 Mar 2018
Congress passed legislation back in 2017 imposing sanctions on Russia. The vote in the House was 419 – 3, and in the Senate 98 – 2, making the bill veto-proof. Trump grudgingly signed the legislation, complaining the entire while, but when the time came to impose the sanctions, he ignored the law. He continues to do so.
Russia is untouchable as far as Trump is concerned. Tillerson found that out by Twitter today.
President Trump is a bought-and-paid-for stooge of Vladimir Putin, and in his only “redeeming” quality, appears ready to stay bought, no matter what. One can only imagine what Putin has on Trump, to elicit this level of treason from the President of the United States.