Top Tillerson aide fired after giving contradicting account of ouster: report

Pictured: Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein

ㅤ”A statement from Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein on Tuesday said Tillerson did not speak with Trump before his firing and is ‘unaware’ of the reason behind his dismissal.
ㅤThe statement strongly suggests Tillerson found out about his firing from Twitter — though it differs from published accounts of the decision citing unnamed White House sources.
ㅤGoldstein also said that Tillerson had ‘every intention of staying’ before his firing.
ㅤThe Associated Press, citing two unnamed White House officials, reported that Tillerson was told he would be removed on Friday, and NBC News tweeted that White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered the news to him on Friday. The Associated Press reported that Kelly had told Tillerson that there might be a Presidential tweet that would concern him.”

Full story at The Hill, image from twitter(.com) – 3/13/18.ㅤTags: steve goldstein, rex tillerson, conservative, politics.

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Trump: I made decision to oust Tillerson by myself

Pictured: Mike Pompeo

ㅤ”‘As far as Rex Tillerson is concerned, I very much appreciate his commitment and his service and I wish him well,’ the President told reporters outside the White House. ‘He’s a good man.’
ㅤTrump’s comments came minutes after he abruptly announced that he had replaced Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. He said that he and Pomep are ‘always on the same wavelength.’
‘Tremendous energy, tremendous intellect,’ the President said of Pompeo. ‘We are always on the same wavelength. The relationship is very, very good, and that’s what I need as secretary of State.'”

Full story at The Hill, image from zerohedge(.com) – 3/13/18.ㅤTags: rex tillerson, mike pompeo.

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Trump removes Tillerson at State

Pictured: Rex Tillerson

ㅤ”‘Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,’ the President tweeted shortly after initial reports of the news.
ㅤ’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!'”

Full story at The Hill, image from cnbc(.com) – 3/13/18.ㅤTags: rex tillerson, mike pompeo, secretary of state.

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Refugee Admissions Plummet to 1,242 in First Month of FY 2018

ㅤ”Of particular note is the precipitous drop in the number of refugees admitted from the seven countries whose citizens were temporarily banned from traveling to the United States under the first travel ban, Executive Order 13679, issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017.
ㅤIn October 2017, the first month of FY 2018, only 275 refugees from these seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudian, Syria, and Yemen — were admitted to the United States under the Refugee Admissions Program.
ㅤIn contrast, in October 2016, the first month of FY 2017, a total of 4,581 refugees from these seven countries were admitted into the United States under the Refugee Admissions Program (1,352 from Somalia, 1,323 from Iraq, 1,297 from Syria, 414 from Iran, and none from either Libya or Yemen.).”

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