Has tweeting major political decisions from the White House become the new normal? On Tuesday, March 13th at 8:44am, these words were tweeted from the @realDonald Trump Twitter account, “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
So, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is out 10 weeks before President Trump is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un?! While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump stated he and Tillerson didn’t agree on North Korea and the Iran Deal among a few other issues. Tillerson nor Trump have had prior government or military experience.
According to several sources (CNN, USA TODAY, etc.), Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said Tillerson did not speak to Trump and is unaware of the reason behind his firing. Then, hours later, Goldstein was fired. Media outlets have also reported Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke with Tillerson the weekend prior to the Twitter announcement.
Is anyone concerned there have been 5 notable resignations or firings of the Trump Administration in the last two weeks? Who’s next? Education Secretary Betsy DeVos! (This is a suggestion, not a question). During an interview with CBS’ Lesley Stahl on Sunday night, DeVos admitted she intentionally has not visited underperforming schools. Stahl suggested she visits those schools and DeVos agreed.
I too suggest she visit those schools. As Education Secretary, she is responsible for the education of every child, not just those who attend well performing schools. As a parent, I want to believe every leader in the Trump Administration is capable to doing his/her job. As a taxpayer, I don’t think this is too much to ask for. As a voter/citizen, I don’t think that any of these elected or appointed officials should be making any decisions without listening to those with lived expertise or those affected most.