- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson once said he doesn’t use Twitter.
- He said in January that his staff printed out President Donald Trump’s tweets for him to read.
- On Tuesday, Trump fired Tillerson through tweet.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found out he was fired when President Donald Trump tweeted the information on Tuesday morning, the State Division said.
Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Tillerson was “unaware of the rationale” for his firing and had not beforehand mentioned it with Trump.
But it surely’s removed from the primary time Tillerson has discovered of main information from a Trump tweet – Tillerson said throughout a chat at Stanford College in January that he doesn’t have a Twitter account, and as a substitute acquired print-outs of Trump’s tweets so he may determine out how to “use” them.
“The problem is simply getting caught up as a result of I don’t even have a Twitter account that I can comply with when he’s tweeting. So my staff normally has to print his tweets out and hand them to me,” Tillerson said, to the viewers’s laughter.
He said that although the method could appear cumbersome, he “truly concluded that’s not a nasty system.” He added that he doesn’t know prematurely if or when Trump plans to tweet, so “there’s not a entire lot I’m gonna do till it’s out there.”
By the point his staff would hand him the papers, Tillerson said, early reactions to Trump’s tweets would normally have began filtering in, so he had a fuller image of what to do subsequent.
“It is perhaps 5 minutes, or it is perhaps an hour earlier than any individual fingers me a chunk of paper and says, ‘Hey, the president’s tweeted this out,’” he said. “It permits me to now take into consideration … is it a overseas coverage situation? What’s it he’s tweeting about, and how do we take that and now use it?”
Tillerson was at Stanford’s Hoover Establishment to give a speech on the US’s efforts in stabilizing Syria. He made the remarks about Trump’s tweets after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requested him about Trump’s use of social media.
“It’s a useful gizmo when it’s used nicely,” Tillerson said. “The president has used it to nice impact, by bypassing the way in which you historically talk.”
He didn’t specify how the tweets are printed out – whether or not there had been a number of on one web page or if every tweet acquired its personal piece of paper.
On Tuesday, Tillerson discovered he was fired via Trump’s tweet asserting he was making FBI Director Mike Pompeo his new secretary of state.
Watch a clip of Tillerson’s feedback beneath:
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 17, 2018
Editor’s Notice: This story was initially printed on January 17, 2018. It was up to date after Tillerson’s ouster.