Tillerson Scrubbed From State Dept Website

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks on as he holds a joint press conference with Nigeria's Foreign Minister in Abuja, on March 12, 2018. US President on March 13 sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named... US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks on as he holds a joint press conference with Nigeria's Foreign Minister in Abuja, on March 12, 2018. US President on March 13 sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief to succeed him, ending a rocky tenure by the Texas oilman who had been sidelined on the world stage by the mercurial president. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN ERNST (Photo credit should read JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson has all but vanished from the State Department’s website as his unceremonious firing by tweet took effect over the weekend.

The “Secretary of State Tillerson” link at the top of the department’s homepage (www.state.gov ) disappeared overnight Saturday and was replaced with a generic “Secretary of State” tab. When clicked, it leads to a page that informs visitors in a brief statement that Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan “became acting Secretary of State on April 1, 2018.” It shows a photo of Sullivan signing his appointment papers as deputy in June 2017 but offers no explanation for the change in leadership.

In addition to that change, links that had connected to Tillerson’s speeches, travels and other events now display those of Sullivan. The link to Tillerson’s biography as the 69th secretary of state returns a “We’re sorry, that page can’t be found” message.

Since it first launched a website under President Bill Clinton, the State Department has moved former secretaries of state information to its archives section, but those have not usually been updated until a change in administration. Tillerson is the first top American diplomat to serve fewer than four years in office in the website era and one of the shortest-serving secretaries of state in the modern era. It was not immediately clear when Tillerson’s information would be archived.

President Donald Trump fired Tillerson in a Twitter post on March 13, but his departure did not become official until March 31.

Sullivan will continue as acting secretary of state until Tillerson’s designated successor, CIA director Mike Pompeo, is confirmed by the Senate, possibly later this month.

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  1. Avatar for sanni sanni says:

    The disrespect rolls on,
    The disrespect rolls on.
    Amateur show on display on Trump’s Train
    la de da de de, la de da de da.

    (don’t know why the Sunny and Cher tune came to mind when I read this - except perhaps my visceral response of "Of Course they did. - or more appropriately: Par for the off-course.)

  2. Does anyone else think that there will be a lawsuit about this erasure of information?
    If you can delete with a few clicks and why not move to archive; petty, peevish, and petulant administration.

  3. It’s like “disappearing” apostate politicians and bureacrats in Stalinist Russia. Erasing history.

    In America, the best of them (photo editors) worked for the movies; in Soviet Russia they worked for a different kind of propaganda machine known as the State, not just producing official photos but going back to previous official photos and changing them to reflect the regime’s ever-shifting set of preferred alternative facts.

    But it was during the Great Purges, which raged in the late 1930s, that a new form of falsification emerged. The physical eradication of Stalin’s political opponents at the hands of the secret police was swiftly followed by their obliteration from all forms of pictorial existence."

  4. Maybe Tillerson wanted this ? “Nevermind, let’s pretend it never happened”

  5. It’s almost as if Obama had nominated him —

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