'It was a different mind-set': How Trump soured on Tillerson as his top diplomat - Chicago Tribune

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was asleep in his Nairobi hotel room early Saturday morning fighting a stomach bug when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called to wake him around 2 a.m. to relay a terse message from President Donald Trump : The boss was not happy.

The president was so eager to fire Tillerson that he wanted to do so in a tweet on Friday, but Kelly persuaded Trump to wait until his secretary of state was back in the United States from Africa, two people familiar with the conversation said.

It was Tillerson's first trip there since Trump disparaged parts of the continent as "shithole countries."

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