Rex Tillerson var den i administrasjonen som gikk sterkest ut mot Russland. Spekulasjonene går om det kan være en faktor i avskjedigelsen.
Tillerson’s Last Statement Called for ‘Serious Consequences’ for Russian Nerve Agent Attack
Sarah Huckabee Sanders sa det var utålelig at en fremmed makt kunne forgifte en borger i et annet land, men hun navnga ikke Russland:
At the White House on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that «the use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage» and called it «reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible,» but did not blame Russia when pressed on whether the administration assesses the same blame as May.
Noen timer uttalte Tillerson seg og han la ikke fingrene i mellom. Tillerson hadde snakket med sin britiske kollega, Boris Johnson.
At about 8 p.m. Washington time, though, Tillerson issued his own statement titled «Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the UK.»
Tillerson said he spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and expressed his «full confidence in the UK’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in Salisbury last week.»
«There is never a justification for this type of attack – the attempted murder of a private citizen on the soil of a sovereign nation – and we are outraged that Russia appears to have again engaged in such behavior. From Ukraine to Syria – and now the UK – Russia continues to be an irresponsible force of instability in the world, acting with open disregard for the sovereignty of other states and the life of their citizens,» Tillerson said.
«We agree that those responsible – both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it – must face appropriately serious consequences. We stand in solidarity with our allies in the United Kingdom and will continue to coordinate closely our responses.»
Var Tillerson så klar fordi han visste at han var på vei ut? Kan det ha vært en faktor i avskjedigelsen? Ifølge meldinger tidligere idag fikk Tillerson beskjed fra Trump fredag.
Flere kongressrepresentanter spekulerte i et sammenfall.
«Quickest way to get fired by @realDonaldTrump isn’t misuse of taxpayer funds, domestic violence or lying. It’s standing up to Putin,» tweeted Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Siste ord er nok ikke sagt.