Up until the early hours of Tuesday morning, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson was planning long-term in his post as Secretary of State.
But a single tweet from the President put an expiration date on Tillerson's tenure:
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Tillerson and Trump have long had a contentious relationship. In October Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron." And this tweet apparently blindsided Tillerson, who had no prior knowledge that he was going to be fired. But the internet is a blessed place and on Tuesday morning Karen Attiah, an opinions editor for the Washington Post, coined a new term.
When one gives bad news via a third party, rather than to someone's face...
CONFESSION: I once Tillerson-ed an ex by breaking up with him via changing my relationship status to “Single” on Facebook.— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) March 13, 2018
The day before Valentine’s day.
Not my best moment.
The term quickly went viral and people started sharing there own experiences with being #Tillersoned.
There were ill-fated romances:
There were also awkward professional situations:
I got #Tillersoned once in my life. I was eighteen and dating this guy. He was the first one I had ever really dated. One day, I signed onto Facebook to find that he was in a relationship... with someone else.
We're sorry Rex. We feel your pain.