WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired
via Twitter after returning from an Africa trip during which he was out of the loop on North Korean talks and contradicted the White House position on Russia's responsibility for poisoning
a former double agent in the United Kingdom...
... He reassured NATO allies that the United States remained committed to the alliance after the president threatened to pull out over "dues" that Trump said were owed directly to the United States. (They weren't
He engaged with North Korea despite the president's protests - again via Twitter
- that he was "wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."
And he tried to salvage the Iran nuclear deal
through a European-brokered fix to the Obama-era agreement rather than having Trump scuttle the deal completely.
In explaining his break with Tillerson on Tuesday, Trump specifically cited those differences over the Iran deal: "I think it's terrible. I guess he feels it was OK."..
Tillerson's firing ends his out-of-step time with Trump at State