Did Putin order Trump to axe secretary of state Rex Tillerson or does Trump just know his master's will.
Why did Tillerson get the heave ho this morning via Trump's morning Twitter dump? Why was the State Department so quick in announcing that Tillerson only learned about his firing just like everyone else, via Trump's tweet?
And, this being the Trump administration, the logical question becomes how does this tie in with Russia? Everything else connects with Russia. So, what has Tillerson done recently that might offend America's senior president, Vladimir Putin? C'mon, if you read the news you know. Bingo! He promised sanctions against the Russians for the nerve agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England a week ago.
Eject, Eject, Eject.
Atlantic editor, David Frum, looks at the implausible accounts of Tillerson's firing pouring out of the White House.
Senior administration officials told outlets including The Washington Post and CNN that Tillerson had been told he would be dismissed on Friday, March 9.
Within the hour, the State Department issued a statement insisting that Tillerson “had every intention of remaining” and “did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason.” CNN reported that Tillerson had received a call from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday night indicating that he would be replaced that did not specify timing; a senior White House official told the network that it was Trump himself who had suddenly decided to pull the trigger on Tuesday morning. Tillerson learned of his actual firing the same way everybody else did: By reading about it on Twitter shortly after 8:44 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 13.
And since it now seems all but certain that the White House was lying about the timing, it looks more probable that it was lying about the motive too.
It echoes the approach he took toward Russian intervention in the U.S. election to help elect him in 2016: Feign uncertainty about what is not uncertain in order to justify inaction.