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Politics With Tillerson gone, the first member of an infamous 'suicide pact' has left the White House

Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis, and Steven Mnuchin reportedly had agreed to all leave if Trump fired one of them.

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  • President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.
  • Tillerson was reportedly part of a "suicide pact" with fellow Cabinet members Jim Mattis and Steven Mnuchin.


With President Donald Trump giving Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the boot on Tuesday, the first member of an infamous "suicide pact" has left the White House.

In October 2017, BuzzFeed News reported that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Tillerson had forged a "suicide pact," whereby all three agreed to leave if Trump fired one of them.

The suicide pact was revealed by a US official who cited it as a reason why Tillerson would not leave his post following a previous report that Tillerson was displeased with the president over a controversial speech to the Boy Scouts in July.

The report by NBC News also said that Tillerson had openly mocked Trump, calling him a "moron."

Mattis, Tillerson, and Mnuchin have never confirmed or denied the report, but many journalists and analysts have cited the alleged agreement in the wake of Tillerson's departure.