Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hit out at Russia and didn’t mention President Donald Trump once as he announced his departure from the State Department Tuesday.
Tillerson said that he will turn over his responsibilities to deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at midnight until outgoing CIA chief Mike Pompeo is confirmed by the Senate.
“I close by thanking all for the privilege of serving beside you for the last 14 months. importantly to the 300 plus million Americans for your devotion to a free and open society, for acts of kindness,” he said, never once mentioning the president who unceremoniously fired him via a tweet. “I’m proud of the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country. God bless all of you.”
Tillerson said he did get a call from the president, though mentioned it was three hours after he was fired.
I did not hear Tillerson thank the president in those remarks.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 13, 2018
The only mention Tillerson made of Trump was at the start when he said he received a call from the president 3 hrs after his firing was announced on Twitter.
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 13, 2018
Unmentioned in his thanks there in the latter half of the statement: President Donald Trump.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 13, 2018
Tillerson made a point of calling out Russia in his remarks.
“Much work remains to respond to the troubling behavior and actions of the Russian government,” he said. “Russia must assess carefully about how its actions are in the best interests of its people and the world more broadly. Continuing on this path will result in greater isolation on their part, which is not in anyone’s interest.”
Watch his remarks below: