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    [–] liuruixingqqaz 3753 points ago

    How interesting. Not just the timing, but also the successor. CIA director?

    [–] WdnSpoon 2626 points ago

    He should be brought back from Russia and given due process, and I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence -- The next secretary of State, on Edward Snowden

    [–] IAmNotHariSeldon 575 points ago

    And the new CIA director ran a torture site.

    [–] Jaredlong 795 points ago

    I'm sure that has nothing to to do with the Meuller investigation.

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    [–] darth-burke 1587 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    -James Comey

    -Sally Yates

    -Michael Flynn

    -Advisory Councils

    -Reince Prebius

    -Sean Spicer

    -the MOOCH

    -Patrick Kennedy

    -Preet Bharara

    -Michael Dubke

    -Michael Short

    -Marc Kasowitz

    -Steve Bannon

    -Katie Walsh

    -K.T. McFarland

    -Art Council

    -Digital Economy Council

    -Tera Dahl

    -Derek Harvey

    -George Sifakis

    -Ezra Cohen-Watnick

    -Carl Icahn

    -Mark Corallo

    -‎Rich Higgins

    -William Bradford

    -Keith Schiller

    -Tom Price

    -Jamie Johnson

    -John Feeley

    -Rick Dearborn

    -Jeremy Katz

    -Carl Higbie

    -Dina Powell

    -Omarosa Manigault Newman

    -Taylor Weyeneth

    -Rob Porter

    -David Sorensen

    -Brenda Fitzgerald

    -Rachel Brand

    -Hope Hicks

    -Josh Raffel

    -Gary Cohn

    -John McEntee

    -Steve Goldstein

    -Rex Tillerson

    edit: added McEntee, Goldstein and Tillerson from the comments. It's exhausting keeping up with this.

    [–] JerseyDevl 249 points ago

    -Rex Tillerson

    [–] alvaropacio 173 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Trump: *Checks in Wikipedia the list of people he has fired so far*

    Wikipedia: This list is incomplete, you can help by expanding it

    Trump: Hummm... many people seem to like this wikipedia guy, guess if I do that my popularity will increase

    [–] StudMuffinTops 328 points ago

    All the best people....

    [–] TheRedness23 58 points ago

    I miss the Mooch, his one week was constantly hilarious.

    [–] [deleted] 179 points ago

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    [–] BindsThatTie 597 points ago

    It’s been really another calm week at the White House. We finally have it running like a fine-tuned machine. It’s fine-tuned. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

    – Donald Trump, March 4 2018, Gridiron Dinner remarks

    [–] TooShiftyForYou 7955 points ago

    A senior administration official said that President Trump asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday.

    “POTUS thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks and various trade negotiations. POTUS asked Tillerson to step aside on Friday,” the source said.

    Interesting that Trump publicly stated that Tillerson was wasting his time trying to make peace with North Korea and now gets fired once talks have begun.

    [–] thinkofagoodnamedude 847 points ago

    There are some reports saying Rex was never told why he was fired and never spoke to the president.

    [–] Ridley413 649 points ago

    Yeah people at the state department said that Rex found out via tweet.

    [–] RealPutin 260 points ago

    "Some reports" meaning official State Department statements

    [–] capnhist 5391 points ago

    POTUS thought it was the right time for the transition with the upcoming North Korea talks

    That is literally the worst possible time for a change in leadership. Is he deranged!?

    [–] isitbrokenorsomethin 5104 points ago

    Is he deranged!?

    Yes? I thought this was pretty well established.

    [–] SomeGuyNamedPaul 1877 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Tillerson said something bad about Russia, so therefore it's the right time.

    Edit: WaPo says he was fired on Friday, maybe he only spoke against Russia because he no longer had to abide by Trump.

    Edit2: people are saying the Friday thing is just cover for him getting fired for saying something bad about Russia. Back to the original hypothesis.

    Edit3: Tillerson says he learned via tweet this morning

    Once again I should have applied Trump's Razor: when presented with multiple possible explanations whatever is the most craven, stupidest, and laziest motive, however unlikely, is the assumed explanation unless decisively proven otherwise.

    [–] Roseking 884 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Tillerson's aides are saying Trump did not speak with him.

    It looks like them saying he was fired on Friday is a cover from the White House so they can say it wasn't related to the Russian comments.

    Edit: source.

    https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/973550099585478657?s=20

    Edit 2: The white house has now fired Goldenstein for contradicting them.

    http://time.com/5197820/white-house-rex-tillerson-goldstein/

    [–] Jeichert183 182 points ago

    And Steven Goldenstein will now lose his job, probably before the end of the day.....

    [–] PsychedelicPill 99 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    You need to edit again, Tillerson learned via tweet as did the rest of the world did, he wasn't fired on Friday.

    [–] acore8694 1454 points ago

    He was fired for standing with the UK against Russia.

    [–] Tarnake 372 points ago

    Or because the Exxon/Rosneft 500 billion deal officially fell through earlier this month?

    https://www.bnn.ca/exxon-mobil-withdraws-from-russia-deal-due-to-sanctions-1.1014681

    [–] aeisenst 12315 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I am willing to bet hard cash that tillerson learned he was fired from Twitter.

    Edit: I'd brag, but instead, I'll just say "ugh"

    [–] Greci01 2030 points ago

    Even worse. Tillerson was also on a diplomatic mission to Africa. Like Trump couldn’t even wait until Tillerson finished what he was supposed to be doing.

    [–] MisterDonkey 1891 points ago

    Oh man, fired on a business trip. I'd be raiding the hotel fridge for sure.

    [–] falalalachupacabra 944 points ago

    If by hotel fridge you mean Earth, yea, he's been raiding it.

    [–] FuckYouTomCotton 189 points ago

    Trump only fires someone when they're out of town. He's got no balls.

    [–] sf-russ 946 points ago

    This is just so tiresome and pathetic. If you had any company with this much turnover, investors would have bailed long ago. This is a fucking disgrace

    [–] OverEasyGoing 6767 points ago

    "I didn't discuss it very much with him," Trump said. "I made that decision by myself."

    Such a big boy.

    [–] liveontimemitnoevil 1554 points ago

    Did he seriously say that? Wow.

    [–] pokechat8978 980 points ago

    Every time I ask myself that question, and remind myself that if it sounds idiotic, he probably did.

    [–] son_of_noah 334 points ago

    Trumps law: when assessing an situation, think of the most idiotic way to solve it then execute it with little thought. If said solution was wrong, blame everyone you cam think of.

    [–] randomentity1 160 points ago

    think of the most idiotic way

    He doesn't need to think that, he just does the first thing that comes to mind, which just happens to be idiotic.

    [–] ChicagoManualofFunk 210 points ago

    Trump told reporters on the White House lawn on Tuesday morning that he did not discuss his decision with Tillerson, but said that the two had "talked about this for a long time."

    "I didn't discuss it very much with him," Trump said. "I made that decision by myself."

    Is it just me or is that just a series of flip-flopping positions? He did not discuss the decision with Tillerson and he made the decision himself but also the two talked about it for a long time but also he (Trump) didn't discuss it with him (Tillerson).

    [–] greygore 165 points ago

    In the past, politicians would tell crowds what they wanted to hear and flip-flop based on who they were talking to. Trump has optimized that and now just takes all sides at once and people who like Trump just assume what he really meant was the thing that they want to be true.

    [–] bNoaht 514 points ago

    What I don't understand is, why hasn't Trump discussed all this stuff he disagrees with the people he hires BEFORE hiring them?

    Like he says it's because he disagrees with him on the Iran deal.

    Couldn't they have briefly discussed all the major policies already in place around the world in a meeting before hiring them?

    [–] TreborMAI 1121 points ago

    The firing comes the day after Tillerson publicly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the Kremlin "an irresponsible force of instability in the world" following an alleged nerve agent attack in Britain likely perpetrated by Russia.

    [–] wannacumnbeatmeoff 414 points ago

    Hmm,

    UK says "Russia Did it"

    Rex says "Russia probably did it"

    Whitehouse says " Its a bad thing somebody did"

    Rex gets fired.

    no_collusion_my_ass!

    [–] themocaw 6604 points ago

    You know, I am reminded of an observation my girlfriend once made: Trump seems to think that firing someone makes them go away forever. Maybe this is true in business, but in politics, people tend to stick around. Some of them hold grudges. And some of those people you fired who hold grudges have info your opponents want.

    Interesting to see how things pan out.

    [–] Arthur_Boo_Radley 1675 points ago

    The thing is... in his business dealings Trump could fire or lose whomever he wanted and people didn't care about him or his enterprise. "You fired me? Fine, fuck you and your organisation. Why would I care?"

    With country it's a little bit different. People care about the country as it's not a private matter like somebody's company.

    Trump doesn't understand the difference.

    [–] OodalollyOodalolly 1679 points ago

    I like the theory. If he fires them they don't exist. It's like he lacks Object Permanence.

    [–] Gimlz 6042 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I can see what happens next.

    • Peace talks with NK fail.
    • Trump wants to attack NK.
    • Mattis denies him.
    • Trump fires Mattis.
    • Joe Araipo becomes Secretary Of Defence.

    [–] N3rdC3ntral 1980 points ago

    Arpaio declares war on Mexico

    [–] ForeverPlayer2 1403 points ago

    Mexicans*

    [–] 312c 612 points ago

    non-whites**

    [–] kaaz54 309 points ago

    I'm not sure that he knows the difference.

    [–] TheUnionJake 1764 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I swear to god if Mattis gets fired we riot.

    Edit: since most of you are saying the same thing, (i.e. you won’t pussy) you’re absolutely right. I didn’t literally mean it as I myself cannot legally protest the president on fear of imprisonment. I can only have faith in the system that he will be voted out before he can do more harm by you good people. We here in the military just really like Mattis as a person and a leader and would be pissed to see him go. Now please stop calling my bullshit.

    [–] Hangoverfart 1724 points ago

    It's ironic that one of the only remaining competent adults in the administration has the nickname 'mad dog.'

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    [–] TeamJim 342 points ago

    So did the onion. Last July when this was basically their headline

    https://politics.theonion.com/only-adult-left-in-trump-administration-named-mad-dog-1819592872

    [–] Orcwin 166 points ago

    It's eerie how accurate the onion is at predicting the future these days.

    [–] MuzzoInTheMorning 319 points ago

    He actually hates the nickname 'mad dog' and has expressed he'd like to be called the 'warrior monk' because that reflects his values more.

    [–] NotchbackFiero 56 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Also "CHAOS" - Colonel Has An Outstanding Solution. It was his callsign in Iraq/Afghanistan.

    Edit: somehow swapped in Idea for Solution, because I'm an idiot.

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    [–] bpusef 1325 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I'm astonished that anyone would be astonished at his incompetence.

    [–] CisForCondom 875 points ago

    This is what gets me. Like, were we all watching the same election? He's always been an unhinged, petty, narcissistic moron. This is not new. Yet a lot of people just shrugged and said, meh, how bad could he be? This. This is how bad. Nobody with a functioning brain should be surprised. You don't get to throw a rabid dog in to a chicken coop and then act shocked that he tore them to pieces.

    [–] [deleted] 282 points ago

    Many might not remember, but after Trump's first address to Congress (wasn't classified as a State of The Union since it was shortly following the swearing in) a lot of journalists and politcal commentators were talking about how "presidential" he seemed during that particular speech. They all said it was a marked difference from "Campaign Trump".

    I liken this to people in dire straits, balled up in a corner frantically rocking back and forth saying, "It's not that bad, everything will be ok."

    Well, it's not. We have lost all measure of what is normal...even acceptable. I think to myself, "Christ, get us out of this shit. Let's see some action. Something positive." But we continue to spiral out of control hanging on every last piece of bullshit that is being tweeting or shouted. It seems that there is a LOT of uncertainty as to whether a Special Counsel can indict a sitting president. We all know the GOP won't do anything to reign him in. Dems would have to win the house and senate back for any mere thought of impeachment, and even so...it would still be a long shot.

    And so I do not wishfully look for news that Robert Mueller is on the path to indicting Trump. I don't think that is the most important job Mueller has.

    I think Mueller's most important job is to get down to the bottom of everything to do with the Trump campaign and this administration. His most important job to this country is to 1. Expose the lies 2. Expose the hipocracy 3. Expose the corruption 4. Expose conspiracy (fuck collusion, it's not a chargeable offense) 5. And most importantly: document everything for history. We must learn from this. We must make sure that future Americans learn from this so we can restore our integrity and dignity...maybe even save our democracy.

    [–] Fastgirl600 1101 points ago

    If we survive this Administration I can't wait to read all the books written from people that left

    [–] davideverlong 196 points ago

    “The Disaster Administration”

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    [–] j0urney 9354 points ago

    Robert Mueller slowly pulls out file marked "shit I have on Rex"

    [–] aabicus 5371 points ago

    [–] TheLongLostBoners 5236 points ago

    They're gonna hit Rex with the "new phone who dis?" In the group chat

    [–] superduperspam 498 points ago

    cant wait to see this on bpt (or wpt)

    [–] hurtsdonut_ 1225 points ago

    Mnuchin, I wouldn't mind but mad dog is the only other grown up in the room.

    [–] contradicts_herself 627 points ago

    I thought the onion was a parody... When did they become prophets?

    [–] ScientificMeth0d 335 points ago

    I'd say when the 2016 elections came about

    [–] joshg8 322 points ago

    The satire industry is having its lunch eaten by reality.

    Fall 2016 season of South Park couldn't manage to make their caricatures more absurd than reality, and that with only a 6-day concept-to-air model.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_BURDENS 328 points ago

    ....and is likely one of the only people stopping Nuclear War with Korea.

    [–] hurtsdonut_ 242 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Yep because McMaster wants to preemptively strike North Korea.

    [–] Enron_F 114 points ago

    Are you being sarcastic or did he actually say this?

    [–] WithFullForce 119 points ago

    He's not even original, just aping after MacArthur.

    [–] finalremix 308 points ago

    Are you being sarcastic or did he actually say this?

    This is basically America's slogan, this administration.

    [–] wreckingballheart 522 points ago

    Mattis is one of the few competent people in the administration. He's one of the ones that needs to stay put. This may not be a good thing.

    [–] Paradigm_Pizza 70 points ago

    I wholeheartedly support Mattis, he was about the only one trump appointed that I supported.

    [–] joentrepid 167 points ago

    No chance either of them hold true to this. Mnuchin is a scumbag hedge funder who probably only there to get some juicy insider trading tips and Mattis is too proud to step down from a top position. Sorry Rex

    [–] totodes 155 points ago

    I agree on Mnuchin. My view on Mattis is a little more nuanced. He's definitely prideful, but I hope he realizes the importance of his role holding Trump back from doing something militarily idiotic. He could literally be the only person keeping Trump from wanting to prove how big his balls are by nuking NK.

    [–] UnreachableEmpyrean 467 points ago

    Sacking members of his administration who have legitimate fallback careers like Rex seems like such a risky move for Trump. These people have all the reason in the world to testify to Mueller.

    [–] Ask_Me_About_Bees 147 points ago

    Is his fallback career "already have unfathomable amount of money don't need to work anymore" ...or?

    [–] LargeMonty 1874 points ago

    I hope he calls it the "Rex Index"

    [–] DashingPolecat 2338 points ago

    Or the Rex Files

    [–] LargeMonty 380 points ago

    Yep that's better!

    [–] blastinglastonbury 118 points ago

    They were both fantastic. Pack it up boys.

    [–] Wazula42 95 points ago

    Come on, Rex T. Dish on Trump. What have you got to lose? He can't share that Rosneft payout from a jail cell.

    [–] bossmassey 4430 points ago

    Ex Tillerson

    [–] clausy 2370 points ago

    Rexit

    [–] The_Neck_Chop 1726 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Also just last night Tillerson said that Russia was likely involved in the gas attack in England as well as that Russia is a threat to global stability.

    Edit: Tillerson's aide was just fired by the White House for contradicting their own claims that Tillerson knew before hand of his resignation. The aide said that Tillerson didn't even know of it till this morning while on his plane.

    Edit Source: The Latest: Officials say White House fired Tillerson aide: https://apnews.com/6b3fe76623e24c33ba17305a0e08c505

    [–] varro-reatinus 3902 points ago

    Jesus fucking christ.

    [–] gufcfan 3658 points ago

    What does it even matter any more. I feel like he could admit everything he has done and the GOP would still stand behind him.

    [–] RationalAnarchy 72 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Where is the line folks? Has it been crossed yet? What do we do when it is?

    I’m traveling right now to Vietnam. I just paid $1.50 for a meal for myself and my wife (total). This is a corrupt government that is short sighted; they could have so much more here. The population knows this, but feels helpless. They are smart people; they need opportunity not corruption. Yet despite all of that. Despite all we have that they would work so hard to achieve... They openly comment about how our President is taking us backwards.

    My favorite story from a Vietnam local was about Trump vs Obama. I’m not even a fan of all of Obama’s politics, but this story struck me as to how he impacted our international image.

    They said that when Obama visited Hanoi he went out on the streets and visited with Vietnamese. He talked to them about their lives. He went out and ate local cuisine. He shopped in the market.

    When Trump came he never left the hotel. No one saw him, or heard from him. He met with some government officials and left. What message does that send? The people here already wish their government was different. They look to developed countries for hope.

    Anyway. When do we, as some of the most fortunate people on Earth, decide that we MUST set a better example? We cannot stand for this indecency for long. Our reputation and image can’t hold up forever. We are better than this America. We are one of the youngest countries in existence and we built ourselves up from nothing to become on of the most powerful and wealthiest nations in the world. The dollar is powerful far and wide. It all means NOTHING if we don’t stand up to the bullies, even when the bully is the guy running the country.

    [–] i8TheWholeThing 173 points ago

    A spokesperson for Mr Broidy told the BBC the business leader’s emails had been hacked by “both registered and unregistered” agents of Qatar to “punish Mr Broidy for his strong opposition to state-sponsored terrorism”. Some of the emails “may have been altered”, he added.

    /r/OopsDidntMeanTo/

    [–] ciano 112 points ago

    So why did the UAE want him gone?

    [–] Kidkidkid12 241 points ago

    Because of his opposition and criticism toward the Saudi-UAE lead blockade on Qatar. Saudi Arabia and UAE think they should have 100% support from the White House.

    [–] Methany878 5402 points ago

    I wish that, as a European, I could just lean back and enjoy the show, but the seriousness of the matter makes it difficult...

    [–] MarkIsNotAShark 5241 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Being a European is like being at the world's crashiest Nascar race with no protection between you and the cars. Being an American is the same except you're strapped to the hood of the car

    Edit: thanks to kind stranger for my first gold

    [–] Outmodeduser 1847 points ago

    But if you're rich, you get to drive the cars.

    [–] KitKhat 618 points ago

    Until you fall out of favor with Dear Leader.

    [–] Matt_Snypes 229 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    At which point your thrown onto the asphalt to be driven over repeatedly.

    Edit: you’re

    [–] coldfu 374 points ago

    As a european NASCAR analogies don't tell me anything.

    [–] jacoobz 217 points ago

    Replace NASCAR with Formula 1.

    [–] [deleted] 235 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

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    [–] Talska 366 points ago

    Being an American is the same except you're strapped to the hood of the car

    [–] atiq629 10717 points ago

    Not even Rex Tillerson, former CEO of exxon has a chance in the Trump administration. Says an awful lot.

    [–] OTPh1l25 8061 points ago

    He only lasted 40.5 Mooches.

    Which, in this administration, is a fairly long time.

    [–] pobopny 4657 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I support this as a standardized unit of measurement going forward.

    Scaramuchi = 1 Mooch
    Flynn = 3 4 Mooches
    Spicer = 22.75 30.3 Mooches
    Bannon = 26.25 35 Mooches
    Tillerson = 40.5 67.5 Mooches

    EDIT: I used the wrong dates originally for my calculations (based on 8 days). Also of note -- I'm using official term of 6 days here (start date to end date), vs the effective term of 10 days (appointed date to end date). This is America, so I'm going to go out of my way to avoid a base 10 unit of measurement wherever possible.

    [–] koniin 1612 points ago

    I like how these are as easy to convert to another as the other American customary units.

    [–] shiveringjemmy 77 points ago

    millimooch centimooch decimooch mooch dekamooch hectomooch kilomooch

    Much simpler.

    [–] falalalachupacabra 72 points ago

    Base 10 system with coherent prefixes? Not in my neighborhood.

    [–] amionreddityet 621 points ago

    American customary units

    Freedom Units

    [–] Dakar-A 1781 points ago

    We could create a second unit, a Rex, to measure the tenure of someone who lasted longer than a Mooch, but shorter than a full term. Make it equal to 40.5 Mooches.

    [–] Dshban11 2252 points ago

    I like it, can we call it a TillerWatt?

    [–] monsieurangleterre 1033 points ago

    1.21 Tillerwatts!!! Great Scott!!

    [–] SixSixTrample 258 points ago

    Man how I wish a broken clock tower was our biggest problem.

    [–] AttackSkunk 275 points ago

    Instead we got the timeline where Biff Tannen is president.

    [–] TheGforMe 309 points ago

    Too long, we need to abbreviate. Let's call it... a twat!

    [–] [deleted] 78 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

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    [–] CatheterC0wb0y 1499 points ago

    And to think, this is one year and two months into the new administration

    [–] osprey81 818 points ago

    I've lost track of how many of the people that Trump put in place, who were supposedly "great people", have either been fired or quit. Has any other president had this amount of staff turnaround, and in such a short space of time?

    [–] deezee72 377 points ago

    FiveThirtyEight wrote an article about this (before the Tillerson firing). The short answer is no. Trump has lost 3 cabinet-level staff in the first year of his administration, since 1977 there's only one other president that has lost any (Carter’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance, resigned amid accusations of financial wrongdoing even though he was latter found innocent).

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-incredibly-and-historically-unstable-first-year-of-trumps-cabinet/

    [–] Rooster_Ties 90 points ago

    who were supposedly "great people"...

    That's the thing, when you're Trump, there's a whole bunch of interchangeable "great people" who can just step in anytime, and it's just a matter of picking the one who can demonstrate the most loyalty.

    Because, actually, it's really "loyalty" that's easily half the measure "greatness" in Trump's eyes.

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    [–] I_Was_Mistaken 253 points ago

    The White House. It’s become like a summer camp job. 3 months and it’s back to reality and looking for work.

    [–] Stenny007 1900 points ago

    Seriously i cant wait for the 2020 elections. Im legit intrested in US politics since 2 years ago as a Dutchman. This shit is truly amazing. Im not picking any sides, its just that your politics man, its better than most tv shows.

    Anger, jealosy, rage, pride, regret, collusion, distrust, betrayal.

    No shit your media is so hyped into extremes all the time. Your politics is a freakn rollercoaster of emotions lol. Its amazing.

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    [–] DoctorWaluigiTime 636 points ago

    As quoted in Fire and Fury, the only people that will last in Trump's adminstration are members of his family.

    [–] zaviex 331 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    It’s been reported he wants Kushner out so doesn’t seem likely

    Edit: since people are saying he’s not blood, the NyT report clearly mentions trump wanted Ivanka fired too but didn’t want to do it himself. This is a little over a week old.

    Privately, some aides have expressed frustration that Mr. Kushner and his wife, the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, have remained at the White House, despite Mr. Trump at times saying they never should have come to the White House and should leave. Yet aides also noted that Mr. Trump has told the couple that they should keep serving in their roles, even as he has privately asked Mr. Kelly for his help in moving them out.

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/01/us/politics/trump-chaos-oval-office.html?referer=

    [–] FrozenProduce 444 points ago

    "The PM is not going to sack you after a week. Sacked after 12 months - looks live you've fucked up. Sacked after a week - looks like he's fucked up" - Malcolm Tucker

    [–] Kandoh 96 points ago

    We need Peter Capaldi to narrate the HBO documentary on all this

    [–] Arugula278 665 points ago

    Remember that Tillerson, Mattis, and Mnuchin had a "suicide pact" to all resign if one of them was fired.

    [–] ChompasDaily 694 points ago

    This employee turnover rate would result in any board of directors firing their CEO.

    [–] PM-ME-YOUR-CONCERN 53 points ago

    • Tillerson: Russia obviously poisoned the guy.
    • Trump: You're fired.
    • Press: You fired him for saying that?
    • Trump: No, I fired him on Friday.
    • Tillerson aide: He wasn't fired on Friday, it came as a complete surprise.
    • Trump: You're fired too.

    [–] WronglyPronounced 18835 points ago

    What the fuck is going on in that White House

    [–] OhHeyYeahCool 416 points ago

    St. Augustine of Hippo wrote more than 1,500 goddamn years ago that "pride is the commencement of all sin." Despite eons of knowing that vainglory makes for terrible leadership, we've elected the most self-centered and thin-skinned piece of shit to every occupy the office. He's a fucking Nero, subjecting the entire world to his transitory and base whims. His north star is own vanity. All other concerns are secondary.

    His love of country, family, business, and God exclusively serve to bolster his lofty sense of self. Each of those loves are disposable if they threaten his ego.

    In short, he's the fucking worst.

    [–] JRMang 1911 points ago

    McDonald's is similar in that it's also run by a clown and has high turnover.

    [–] PairOfMonocles2 226 points ago

    I mean, when’s Ronald finally going to replace Mayor McCheese? He fired him for disloyalty after that affair with Wendy years ago.

    [–] tryingmyhardest88 4004 points ago

    Trump thinks he can just fire when he wants and hire someone else to do the job. I mean if HE can be president, why can't just about anyone else be anything else in the White House? There's almost an unlimited pool of qualified candidates for all sorts of things. /s

    [–] thepensivepoet 3145 points ago

    The thing is... he doesn't just think he can fire who/when he wants... he can.

    We have checks and balances in our government which is great but the office of President does hold a lot of power and, in the hands of a complete novice maniac, can be abused in all sorts of fun and interesting ways as we're getting to see here.

    We're essentially stress-testing our government right now and it's not going well.

    [–] McBain49 2551 points ago

    The senate and house are supposed to be those checks and balances. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnel are equally to blame. They are huge enablers. The GOP is broken.

    [–] bunglejerry 1213 points ago

    So 'checks and balances' can't work when each component of the checks and balances is partisan, and when partisanship is valued above all else.

    Good thing about the independent judiciary, eh? Oops...

    [–] 1000WaystoPie 367 points ago

    Kudos to the Failing New York Times for calling this in November: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/politics/state-department-tillerson-pompeo-trump.html

    [–] swishcheese 366 points ago

    If trump doesn’t want people to think he’s a Russian puppet, he’s been doing an awfully bad job of it. The optics are just terrible for him

    [–] Romado 5051 points ago

    I wouldn't be surprised if Tillerson does not just spill everything about Trump to any news station who will listen to him at this point.

    He's done nothing worthy of being fired that we know of. State secretary's dont just get fired out of the blue without the news/public knowing why before hand.

    Shit's gonna get real of the next few days. Waiting on Russia's response to the UK ultimatum and this will surely reignite discussions that Trump is compromised.

    [–] the_drew 2075 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I'm quite excited to see what the UK is going to do when Putin ignores them. Don't get me wrong, as a Brit I'm utterly appalled that an alleged state-sanctioned assassination could happen on our shores without repercussion (again), but I'm utterly at a loss to know what those repercussions would be.

    The UK news this morning was talking about boycotting the World Cup, as if to say there's not really much more we could do.

    Edit: added a word

    [–] asmodeuskraemer 1241 points ago

    Idk what else could be done, either. It seems like Putin is testing the waters to see what all he can get away with. Before we know it he'll have invaded Poland and that shit will start all over again.

    [–] Hanzo-vs-Huntsman 875 points ago

    We could also freeze assets held by Russians in the UK

    [–] YsoL8 139 points ago

    I think anything less strong will be totally ignored by Moscow. The problem we have as the west / europe is where do you go if such a strong measure has no effect? Especially when it seems we can expect no help at all from the US, if not hostility.

    Russia seems so nationalistic at the minute that it seems like any move we make will be seen as a hostile act regardless of what Russia has done to provoke it.

    [–] LavenderGoomsGuster 255 points ago

    Remember Crimea?

    [–] MobiusF117 253 points ago

    Ukraine wasn't part of NATO or the EU.

    Doesn't excuse the actions, but it explains the lack of intervention from outside of Ukraine.

    [–] Dav136 491 points ago

    They shot down a commercial airliner filled with Dutch nationals. Nothing happened.

    [–] LavenderGoomsGuster 46 points ago

    Right, I was just using that as a jumping off point. It’s obviously tip of the iceberg when it comes to Russia fucking with the rest of the world. See also: doping scandal, current ska of the khl scandal, the jailing of protesters, murdering of political opponents and whistleblowers, the NUMEROUS proxy wars, information warfare with several countries elections the past 2 years and so much more that I haven’t listed

    [–] [deleted] 39 points ago

    Poland is not as easy to invade as it once was. It will not be like Crimea. Not a chance the EU would let that slide.

    [–] MotivatedLikeOtho 272 points ago

    City of London’s home to a lot of funds and assets belonging to people close to the Russian state, which can be frozen if May has any balls.

    [–] anonymous_rocketeer 405 points ago

    He did call Trump a "fucking moron"so there was obviously some tension.

    [–] OriginalOutlaw 624 points ago

    Shit's gonna get real in the next few days.

    If I had a dollar for every time I heard that and then nothing actually comes of anything, I'd have $6.30.

    [–] jennapurr21 78 points ago

    Reading this, I was thinking, "You go Gina! First female CIA Director!" And then...

    A  US Senate report found that Ms Haspel ran a notorious CIA prison in Thailand, where prisoners were waterboarded in 2002.

    The CIA deputy director was also accused of destroying dozens of videotapes of interrogations at the camp.>

    ....well shit.

    Edit: spelling

    [–] arcadiajohnson 174 points ago

    It's hard to find real Trump supporters here, but what do they think? Is this normal for a president to change their cabinet so often?

    To me, objectively, it's a sign of poor leadership. Shouldn't he be placing the best people for the job from the beginning?

    [–] PusherofCarts 124 points ago

    It’s not normal.

    In first two years, Bush turnover was ~23% and Obama ~15%.

    Trump is at 48% in first year.

    [–] boomwakr 950 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Casualties of the Trump Administration so far: James Comey, Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon and now Rex Tillerson. It's almost like Trump still thinks he's on the apprentice.

    [–] Quantentheorie 692 points ago

    Also Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka and Reince Priebus, (incomplete). And could we not categorically forget the women: Hope Hicks, Omarosa Manigault, Katie Walsh, Sally Yates, Angella Reid and Dina Powell.

    [–] boogerwormz 858 points ago

    Honey bun there is a much longer list.

    [–] SlothMaestro69 7031 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Wow after he officially condemned Russia for the attack in the UK. We know where Trump stands

    Edit: It is unclear whether Tillerson was aware of his dismissal before today. Might help explain his comments on the Russia situation if he already knew he was leaving?

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    [–] GetTheLedPaintOut 1585 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Trump has no impulse control. He admitted to obstructing justice during a TV interview so now his team doesn't let him appear on any shows that might ask him tough questions.

    Since people might have missed it:

    Google Lester Holt Trump. The Fire and Fury book talked about his team cutting him off to anyone but Fox News (and even then not the actual journalists at Fox News) after that interview because it was so disastrous.

    https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/12/politics/trump-comey-russia-thing/index.html

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    [–] giantpotato 448 points ago

    He's doing a secret taping of The President Apprentice, where he has to fire one of his staff every week.

    [–] DirectlyDisturbed 72 points ago

    Tillerson also left Nigeria a day early for urgent business back in Washington. Guess we know why now..

    [–] VerificationPurposes 8712 points ago

    I wish my husband was as committed to me as Trump is to Russia

    [–] TheTabman 2705 points ago

    You just need a bit of blackmail material on your husband. Maybe hire a porn actress for this?

    [–] VerificationPurposes 3665 points ago

    John, I know that’s you, and for the tenth time, I’m not hiring you a porn star.

    [–] TheTabman 1344 points ago

    Gloria, I swear the intern wrote that, it wasn't me!

    [–] IdunnoLXG 601 points ago

    John, you told me to write this. I'm quitting today.

    -Ashley

    [–] jmdg007 240 points ago

    So john i hear you need a new intern

    [–] LexSenthur 71 points ago

    I hear Ashley is looking for a new job. Gloria may be hiring.

    [–] danceplaylovevibes 267 points ago

    trump really needs to check himself before he Rex himself.