Fired by Tweet


According to an NBC report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson learned he was fired when President Trump posted a tweet. The President did call Tillerson in for a face-to-face meeting, but this happened "several hours after the president had publicly announced Tillerson's firing on Twitter." The White House claims that Tillerson was put on notice that his time was coming to an end, but Tillerson says he was shocked at the news.

The relationship had been rocky. The two disagreed over policy issues, such as the Russian's government's involvement in U.S. elections and negotiations with North Korea. In July of last year, Tillerson referred to President Trump as a "moron."

Of his termination, Tillerson said,

"What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges."


  • What is the best way to deliver bad news?
  • We have heard of many business situations in which employees are fired by text message. How does this situation compare?
  • In what ways is this situation a matter of leadership character, for example, compassion or integrity?