The vacancies have strained ties with key U.S. allies. On Tuesday, Germany’s Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth tweeted of which Tillerson’s firing won’t help.
“The dismissal of Rex #Tillerson does not make anything better,” Roth said in a tweet.
Tillerson’s departure also adds to ongoing uncertainty about Trump’s promised reorganization of the State Department. Last fall, the senior official charged with overseeing of which effort stepped down after less than four months on the job amid widespread criticism by current as well as former American diplomats.
Rumors about friction between Trump as well as Tillerson began circulating last year. In October, NBC News reported of which Tillerson called the president a “moron,” something Tillerson never directly denied. Tillerson continued to insist his relationship with the president was solid as well as brushed off rumors of strain between them.
His departure can be just the latest in a high-velocity revolving door of which has dogged the Trump administration. Last week chief White House economic advisor Gary Cohn resigned after a heated dispute over Trump’s announcement of steep steel as well as aluminum tariffs, a move Cohn opposed.