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Their Final Disagreement: How Trump Fired Tillerson

The White House’s timeline of when the secretary of state was told differs from the State Department’s.
Source: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson disagreed on global trade, climate change, NATO, the nuclear deal with Iran, talks with North Korea, Qatar’s impasse with its neighbors, and, ultimately, even how the president fired his secretary of state.

The White House said Tuesday that Tillerson was informed last Friday that he would be replaced as secretary of state. But the statement released Tuesday by Steve Goldstein, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, suggested

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