Media Can’t Figure Out if Tillerson Proves Or Disproves Their Russia Conspiracy Theory

By Mollie Hemingway

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he let Rex Tillerson go as Secretary of State and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. And Russia conspiracy theorists are pretty sure this is evidence that Donald Trump is a traitor who colludes with Russia. Or something.

Here’s NBC’s senior political editor:

News comes *immediately* Tillerson said the the poisoning in the UK “clearly came from Russia” — while Trump has been silent on the poisoning

— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 13, 2018

The paper of record suggests something nefarious:

Mike Pompeo has called for the Iran nuclear agreement to be ripped up, played down talk of Russia’s interference in the election and suggested that regime change in North Korea would be a welcome development (from November)

— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 13, 2018

Here’s Fusion GPS’ mouthpiece at The Atlantic:

Interesting that Tillerson’s ouster came one day after he very publicly broke with the official WH line and said the poisoning of Sergei Skripal “clearly” came from Russia.

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 13, 2018

NeverTrump conservative contributor at CNN:

Yesterday Sec. Tillerson said Russia was responsible for the UK poisoning. Today …read more