Another Trump employee gets the boot
The man who famously coined the reality TV mantra 'You're fired!' has notched quite a record of awkward and messy break-ups in his 14 months as president.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. It was hours later before the president picked up the phone to talk directly to his latest casualty.
Despite his signature catchphrase, Trump often lets others in the White House do his dirty work or pushes out subordinates by tweet or through public shaming.
One-time Chief of Staff Reince Priebus learnt he was being replaced by John Kelly last summer from Twitter, prompting him to drive off in a black SUV, leaving the rest of the presidential motorcade behind in a driving rainstorm.
Rather than informing FBI Director James Comey in person or by phone that he was fired, Trump sent his longtime bodyguard-turned-director of Oval Office operations Keith Schiller to the Justice Department to deliver a letter notifying the FBI head he was done.
But Comey was in a Los Angeles meeting with FBI agents at the time and only learnt of his dismissal from TV.
One-time Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci only lasted 10 days in the White House last summer before being pushed out.
Scaramucci's hiring prompted Press Secretary Sean Spicer to quit after a six-month run.
More recently, Trump left it to Kelly to force staff secretary Rob Porter to resign after he was accused of emotional and physical abuse by his two ex-wives.
Kelly helped push out a number of other top aides, including public liaison communications director Omarosa Manigault Newman.
She had earlier appeared on Trump's reality TV show, The Apprentice.