March 18, 2018

Trump's firings signal hawkish turn on North Korea and Iran

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: Guardian

Journalist Julian Borger

The end, when it comes to a job in the Trump administration, can be messy and brutal. The secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was fired while returning from a gruelling Africa tour not long after the death of his father.

When he complained through an aide about the summary manner of his dismissal, the White House stuck the boot in, telling journalists the 66 year-old former Texan oil executive had been fired by telephone while sitting on the toilet, suffering from a stomach bug, according to the Daily Beast.

On Friday, the deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, was fired two days before he would have qualified for a full pension. The official reason was that he had talked to the press and then not been forthcoming about it. McCabe said he was targeted because he is a potential witness in the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump election campaign and the Kremlin.

Read the full article on the Guardian.

  • Julianne Smith

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and is currently serving as a Weizsäcker Fellow at the Bosch Academy in Berlin....