- President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.
- Tillerson was reportedly part of a “suicide pact” with fellow Cabinet members Jim Mattis and Steven Mnuchin.
With President Donald Trump giving Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the boot on Tuesday, the first member of an infamous “suicide pact” has left the White House.
In October 2017, BuzzFeed News reported that Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson had forged a “suicide pact,” whereby all three agreed to leave if Trump fired one of them.
The suicide pact was revealed by a US official who cited it as a reason why Tillerson would not leave his post following a previous report that Tillerson was displeased with the president over a controversial speech to the Boy Scouts in July.
The report by NBC News also said that Tillerson had openly mocked Trump, calling him a “moron.”
Mattis, Tillerson, and Mnuchin have never confirmed or denied the report, but many journalists and analysts have cited the alleged agreement in the wake of Tillerson’s departure.
Remember all those people saying there was a “suicide pact” between Tillerson and Mattis, if one went the other did too?
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 13, 2018
Whatever happened to that Tillerson-Mattis-Mnuchin “suicide pact”?
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) March 13, 2018
Every reporter now needs to ask Mattis and Mnuchin if they were serious about their "suicide pact" with Tillerson.
If they are, holy crap. That would mean Trump loses 20% of his Cabinet in one day.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) March 13, 2018
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