Rex Tillerson was fired as US Secretary of State while on Africa tour — Quartz

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Rex Tillerson’s first trip to Africa as US secretary of state has also turned out to be his final one.

President Donald Trump was initially reported to have asked Tillerson to step aside sometime last Friday (March 9), after he had arrived in Kenya from Djibouti. But Steve Goldstein, the Department of State’s spokesperson, claims Tillerson “did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason” for his firing. Meanwhile, NBC News reports that Tillerson only found out about his firing today on Twitter. CIA director Mike Pompeo has been nominated to become the new secretary of state.

On March 1, the Department of State had announced that Tillerson was to visit five countries in Africa—Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—from March 6 to…

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