A.B. Stoddard, the associate editor of Real Clear Politics, said that it was a “really dark day” for the country because of the way President Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson from the State Department in such a humiliating way.
Here’s what she said
“Apart from Pompeo and Haspel and people who are going to take these positions,” Stoddard said, “how little Rex Tillerson we miss at the State Department, how long this was coming, it was obviously untenable and a president and a Secretary of State can’t disagree that much on policy.”
“He has to be replaced,” she continued. “It’s the way that he did it. I think today, is a really dark day for this country. I think it reflected very poorly on us.”
“And it was the way he did it, by humiliating him,” she added, “which is cruel and unnecessary.”
“And the timing I think, why didn’t he do it six weeks ago?” Stoddard asked. “The timing with the North Korean summit is terrible. So the further destabilization and disfunction of this government is always an advantage to our adversaries.”
“And that just seems to be a constant theme, and I find it frightening,” she concluded.
Stoddard made her comments on “Special Report” on Fox News Tuesday.
Here’s the segment where Stoddard made her comments:
It was unclear exactly how Tillerson was fired on Tuesday after numerous differing accounts and reports, but one account was that the former Exxon executive learned about his fate when the president tweeted it from his social media account.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” the president announced. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”
Tillerson later addressed his dismissal in a statement before reporters, saying, “All of us, we know, want to leave this place as a better place for the next generation. I will now return to private life, as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I have had to serve my country.”
“All of us, we know, want to leave this place as a better place for the next generation. I will now return to private life, as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I have had to serve my country,” Rex Tillerson says https://t.co/1m1OWcxaPQ pic.twitter.com/xOksx7Vzxf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 13, 2018