Rex Tillerson bid farewell to the State Department on Tuesday, revealing that President Donald Trump had not told him he was out of a job until three hours after publicly firing him in a tweet heard 'round the world.
And in a statement to reporters, Tillerson pointedly neglected to thank Trump for the opportunity to serve in the role once inhabited by Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Webster and Henry Kissinger. Instead he thanked 'the 300-plus million Americans' whom he ultimately served, and said he would soon thank his front-office and policy planning staff in person.
He said shortly after 2:00 p.m. that he had talked with Trump around lunchtime. The president's unexpected tweet came before 9:00 a.m.
'I received a call today from the President of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One,' he said.
'I've also spoken to White House Chief of Staff Kelly to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead.'