Rex Tillerson, the outgoing secretary of state who was fired by President Trump on Tuesday, reflected on his time in office during a farewell speech Tuesday afternoon. Tillerson explained that he received a call from the president "a little after noontime" — aka approximately three hours after Trump tweeted that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would be replacing him as secretary of state — and said that he would serve through the end of the month. In his remarks, Tillerson said that he and the rest of the State Department had "exceeded the expectations" in diplomacy with North Korea, highlighted ceasefires achieved in Syria, and called for a stronger response to Russia's "troubling behavior." Tillerson notably did not thank Trump in his speech.
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