The United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday 13th March, sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
Mr Trump named Gina Haspel to become the CIA’s first female director.
Tillerson visited Nigeria on the last leg of his official visits to Africa, being the first high-ranking official under the Trump administration to do so.
In a tweets by Nigeria Senator Ben Bruce said the unemployment rate in Nigeria is so high that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson visited Nigeria and was affected by it.
Another tweets also said that Nigeria unemployment rate is so high that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson visited Nigeria and was affected by it. Funny, but it has an element of truth”.
Mr Tillerson only learned he was out office as secretary of states when he saw the president Donald Trump tweet thanking him for his service as top US diplomat.
Mr Tillerson is the latest in a long list of senior officials who have either resigned or been fired since Mr Trump took office.
The CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest corporations, Tillerson seemed to be more than qualified to effectively manage a sprawling bureaucracy like the State Department. Mainstream GOP foreign policy experts like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley all praised the pick.
“He would bring to the position vast knowledge, experience, and success in dealing with dozens of governments and leaders in every corner of the world,” Gates said in a statement. “He is a person of great integrity whose only goal in office would be to protect and advance the interests of the United States.”
According to daily mail, the rift between Trump and Tillerson, quoting the ousted Secretary of State as saying, “The decision to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un for talks was all down to President Trump himself.” Tillerson reportedly said this on Friday.
He reportedly said Trump had been open to talks ‘for some time’, despite saying just hours before the announcement that the US was ‘a long way from negotiations’ with North Korea.
Donald J. Trump
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!
In an official statement, Steve Goldstein, undersecretary for public diplomacy at the State Department, said that Mr Tillerson “had every intention of staying… The secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason” for his firing.
According to George Washington University’s Elizabeth Saunders said, hollowing-out of the foreign service, combined with Tillerson’s inability to appoint people to vital positions like ambassador to South Korea, delayed American responses to major crises and weakened the State Department for a “generation,” .
“I think he really will go down as one of the worst secretaries of State we’ve had,” Eliot Cohen, counselor to the State Department under President George W. Bush, told Axios’s Jonathan Swan. “He will go down as the worst Secretary of State in history,” tweeted Ilan Goldenberg, an Obama-era State Department official.