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President Donald Trump has announced the removal of Rex Tillerson from his position as Secretary of State after just over a year in office.
Tillerson, 65, will be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo, who is believed to have won the president’s trust after Trump and Tillerson clashed on a number of issues.
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Talking to reporters, Trump said he and Tillerson “were not really thinking the same” and expressed his belief that he “will be much happier” outside the White House.
Here are some of the highlights from his short-lived tenure:
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Forced to deny he called Trump a “moron”
Last October, NBC News cited three unnamed “officials familiar with the incident” claiming that Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron” during a meeting at the Pentagon.
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Yet in an interview with CNN in January, Tillerson claimed he had “no reason” to doubt Trump’s mental stability and said he planned to remain as Secretary of State for at least “the whole year.”
“I’ve never questioned his mental fitness,” Tillerson said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I have no reason to question his mental fitness.”
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Withdrawal of Cuban embassy workers
Last September, Tillerson announced that America would withdraw all “non-emergency personnel” from the U.S. embassy in Havana in response to months of unexplained attacks on American diplomats that reportedly left many with hearing loss and brain damage.
Cuban - Officials - Claims - Attacks - Report
Cuban officials have vigorously denied claims they coordinated the attacks, and even produced a detailed report and an hour-long documentary blaming cicadas and crickets for the reported sounds. The explanation does not account for the medical symptoms the victims suffered.
In February, Tillerson completed a major tour of Latin America that involved visits to Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru.
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As well as promoting the Trump administration’s overall foreign policy agenda, the main aim of Tillerson’s trip was to drum up support for additional sanctions...
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