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Kelly: Tillerson Was on the Toilet When I Told Him He Was Fired

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

If you work for Donald Trump, you signed up to be humiliated. You thought John Kelly was above that? You thought wrong:

Reporters gathered at the White House on Friday were stunned when Chief of Staff John Kelly shared a very embarrassing story about outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

. . . .

Tillerson, Kelly told the room, was suffering from a stomach bug during a diplomatic swing through Africa, and was using a toilet when Kelly broke the news to him.

Sources were stunned that, even in an off-record setting, Kelly would say this—to a room filled with White House officials and political reporters—about Tillerson, who does not officially leave the State Department until the end of the month.

Kelly is routinely touted as one of the more mature members of Trump’s top brass and has often been branded as one of the “adults” in charge.

I never really shared the whole “Wow John Kelly is so awesome” point of view. Looks like I was right.

I don’t really feel that sorry for Tillerson. Anyone who signed up to work for Trump knew that they would be working for a guy who likes to belittle people and show who’s in charge.

This is just the latest example. There will be more. And one day, I predict, John Kelly’s day of humiliation will come too.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. I feel sorry for anyone who works for Trump if they signed on because they wanted to serve their country. If they signed on for fame, approval, or power then a dose of humiliation is appropriate.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/16/2018 @ 8:51 pm

  2. UMBC beat Virginia, the first time a 16 seed beat a 1 seed. It was an amazing game and I saw every moment of it.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/16/2018 @ 8:53 pm

  3. While I’m off-topic, here’s one for the Report The Criminals First file. I wonder if Austin is still a sanctuary city.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/16/2018 @ 10:33 pm

  4. Deport, not Report.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/16/2018 @ 10:33 pm

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