REX Tillerson has become the latest White House casualty in the fast-moving, high-turnover Trump administration — and if his dismissal is anything to go by, he won’t be the last.
Donald Trump announced the abrupt sacking of his Secretary of State over Twitter in a move which apparently blindsided the top diplomat.
Mr Tillerson reportedly found out he’d been fired after a top aide showed him Mr Trump’s tweet.
He will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a man who Mr Trump acknowledged he sees eye-to-eye with.
Mr Tillerson is the latest in a string of notable departures which have taken place within the administration during the past 14 months.
Gary Cohn — the chief economic adviser resigned after clashing with Mr Trump over trade policy. Mr Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker, has been the strongest West Wing opponent of Mr Trump’s plan to place tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. His departure was not seen as a huge surprise.
Hope Hicks — the White House communications director, one of Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted aides, announced she was resigning, saying she had accomplished everything she felt she could achieve in the role. She was the fourth person to hold the post since Mr Trump became President.
Rob Porter— the White House staff secretary, a senior adviser in charge of much of the documentation that went to Donald Trump for his signature, resigned following accusations of domestic abuse from two former wives.
Richard Cordray — the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stepped down from his role.
Tom Price — the Secretary of Health and Human Services resigned under pressure from Mr Trump in an uproar over his use of costly private charter planes for government business.
Steve Bannon — Mr Trump’s chief strategist, who had been a driving force behind the president’s anti-globalisation and pro-nationalist agenda that helped propel him to election victory, was fired.
In a revealing Vanity Fair interview last December, Mr Bannon was candid about the simmering rivalries that plagued the President’s inner circle. The former investment banker and co-founder of Breitbart News used the interview with Vanity Fair to repeatedly slam Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, referring to them disparagingly as “Javanka”.
He also blamed them for bad decisions made during Mr Trump’s first year in office.
Reince Priebus — the former chairman of the Republican National Committee was replaced by John Kelly as Chief of Staff. Mr Priebus handed in his resignation to Mr Trump after the President revealed he wanted to “go in a new direction”.
Mr Priebus played down reports he was fired insisting it wasn’t a situation where there’s a lot of “ill will feelings”.
Anthony Scaramucci — the White House communications director was fired just 11 days after being appointed after profanity-laced comments to The New Yorker magazine were published. The man, known as “The Mooch”, ignited civil war in the White House, forced other resignations and swore. A lot.
He also waged a crusade against leaders and publicly unleashed on his colleagues.
Sean Spicer — the White House press secretary ended his turbulent tenure after Mr Trump named Mr Scaramucci White House communications director. Mr Spicer reportedly “vehemently disagreed” with the decision and told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the White House’s communications department had “too many cooks in the kitchen”.
Walter Shaub — the head of the US Office of Government Ethics, who clashed with Mr Trump and his administration, stepped down in July before his five-year term was to end.
Michael Short, a senior White House assistant press secretary, also resigned the same month.
James Comey — the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, who was leading a probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia to influence the election outcome, was fired by the President. When the FBI Director first learned Mr Trump had fired him, he thought it was a practical joke.
Mr Trump had acted on the advice of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.
The White House did not elaborate on the reason for Mr Comey’s dismissal, however Mr Sessions’ recommendation to the President stated the government needed to “reaffirm its commitment” to “the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions”.
James Donovan — the Goldman Sachs banker, who was nominated by Mr Trump as deputy Treasury secretary, withdrew his name the same month.
Michael Dubke — the founder of Crossroads Media resigned as White House communications director.
Mark Green — Mr Trump’s nominee for Army Secretary withdrew his name from consideration.
Todd Ricketts — a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the President’s choice for deputy secretary of commerce, withdrew from consideration.
Philip Bilden — a private equity executive and former military intelligence officer picked by Trump for Navy Secretary withdrew from consideration because of government conflict-of-interest rules.
Michael Flynn — the national security adviser resigned after disclosures that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s Ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.
He also admitted he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
Mr Flynn became the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges over the scandal.
Gerrit Lansing — the White House chief digital officer stepped down after failing to pass an FBI background check, according to Politico.
Robin Townley — the aide to Mr Flynn was forced out after he was denied security clearance to serve on the US National Security Council, according to Politico.
Vincent Viola — an army veteran and former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, he was nominated by Trump to be Secretary of the Army, but withdrew his name from consideration.
Caroline Wiles — Trump’s director of scheduling resigned after failing a background check, according to Politico.
Sally Yates — just days after taking office, Mr Trump dumped his Attorney-Generalover her refusal to support a ban on Muslim immigration. The White House labelled the Obama Administration appointee “weak” and in a statement heavily criticised her.
“The acting Attorney-General Sally Yates has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” it said.
“Ms Yates … is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”
Turnbull thanks Rex Tillerson0:36
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thanked Rex Tillerson for his work in the White House after the Secretary of State was fired by Donald Trump.