Rex Tillerson’s tenure as secretary of state wasn’t the shortest in history, but the former Exxon chief did not last nearly as long as his recent predecessors.
Tillerson served for nearly 14 months before being ousted by President Donald Trump amid disagreements over Iran and North Korea, as well as other clashes including Tillerson’s reportedly calling Trump a moron. Trump has tapped CIA chief Mike Pompeo as Tillerson’s replacement.
Tillerson is no Elihu Washburne, who held the post under Ulysses S. Grant for a mere 11 days in what the State Department says was intended to be a temporary position.
But compared to modern-day secretaries like John Kerry (who served from 2013-2017) or Colin Powell (2001-2005), Tillerson is leaving in a flash.
The Washington Post ranked Tillerson 54th in tenure of the 69 people who have served in the chief diplomat’s role.
His exit after a 405-day stint represented the latest in a long string of high-profile departures from the Trump administration, including the recent resignation of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.
Measured in another way, Tillerson lasted 40.5 Scaramuccis. That’s a measurement some wags have developed after the 10-day tenure of former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci was fired after he gave an expletive-laced interview to the New Yorker magazine.
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