Tillerson glosses over Trump in first remarks since firing, emphasizing allies and partners

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a statement to reporters at the State Department after President Trump fired him Tuesday. Absent in his speech were remarks about Trump’s “America First” strategy or any comments about the president. Instead, Tillerson thanked State Department employees for their work regarding North Korea and stressed the importance of allies and partners. 

Here is what he said:

Afternoon all. I received a call today from the president of the United States a little after noon time from Air Force One, and I’ve also spoken to White House Chief of Staff [John F.] Kelly to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead. 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. As such, effective at the end of the day, I’m delegating all responsibilities of the Office

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