"Apparently a Snapchat story wasn't presidential enough," James Corden says in one of many jokes late-night comedians hurled at Trump Tuesday night.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and James Corden all pounced on Trump for firing Tillerson and announcing his replacement via a tweet in which he simultaneously congratulated the head diplomat he just ousted.
"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," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!"
But Tillerson wasn't the only member of the administration to get the boot. His undersecretary Steven Goldstein followed shortly behind him, with Trump's longtime aide John McEntee making it three for three. Tillerson was purportedly fired for pointing blame at Russia for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England (backing up the conclusions of the British Prime Minister), after the White House declined to support that conclusion. Goldstein was fired for contradicting the official White House narrative about Tillerson's firing. The White House said Tillerson had been advised before Trump's Tuesday morning tweet that he was out, while Goldstein claimed the Secretary learned of it via Trump's tweet.
As for McEntee, well his story isn't nearly as sensational or exciting. He only got fired for serious financial crimes involving gambling and taxes ... which surprisingly barely even raises eyebrows in this administration.
"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
After reading the tweet, Stephen Colbert did a double take, saying, "Wait, 'congratulations to all?' Congratulations, Rex, you've won an all expenses paid trip to beautiful get the f*ck out of here!"
But it got even worse for Tillerson. "What could be worse than learning you got fired by your boss' tweet?" Colbert asked. "Oh, maybe seeing that 86,000 people liked it. 'I lost my job but I am hashtag trending.'"
Colbert explained, "State Department spokesperson and last living Jerry Lewis character Steven Goldstein said the Secretary 'had every intention of staying' and that the secretary 'did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason' for his firing. So when the White House heard this from the official State Department spokesman, they reviewed their process, they realized the degrading way they fired Rex Tillerson and they apologized... I'm just kidding. They fired Goldstein."
But Colbert doesn't think this should have come as a surprise after Tillerson called Russia out over the England nerve gas attack. "Tillerson should have known better," he warned. "Russia has denied the whole thing. And the only thing worse than contradicting your boss is contradicting your boss' boss."
"Late Night with Seth Meyers"
"Congratulations to everyone who had Rex Tillerson in their office pool," Seth Meyers said of the latest White House firing. "I think the only remaining White House staffers are Mike Pence and a Roomba.
He added in his Trump voice, "And I don't trust that Roomba. Always skulking around."
He also made the connection between Tillerson's ouster and the Russian attack, saying of Trump's post, "Technically it was a retweet." He then threw up a graphic of a supposed tweet from Putin that read, "You're Fired, Rex!"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
Jimmy Kimmel couldn't believe Trump would fire his top cabinet position holder through social media. "Donald Trump spent more time firing Lil Jon than he did firing the Secretary of State."
He then laughed at Trump telling reporters that it was a decision he made "by myself."
"Right, like a five year old. I did it all by myself," Kimmel laughed. "Of course you did it by yourself, there's no one left at the White House anymore. It's just you and your Slovenian captive."
Then to honor all those lost in this administration, Kimmel brought out George Takei with an offer you can't refuse on White House Staffer Commemorative Plates, including a one-of-a-kind Chris Christie bottomless pasta bowl!
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
Trevor Noah marveled that Trump managed to burn through three staffers in one day. "Working in the White House is basically liking being in a 'Saw' movie," he joked. "You show up, you get tortured for awhile, and then you get killed off."
But he was definitely not on board with the way Tillerson's firing was handled, saying, "How can you fire a man by a public tweet. At least slide into his DMs."
But there was one moment that Noah will treasure forever from Tillerson's tenure as Secretary of State, and he honored it in a "Greatest Achievements" segment by showing the news coverage of the time Tillerson reportedly called Trump not just "a moron," but "a f*cking moron."
"The Late Late Show with James Corden"
"I don't know if you know who Rex Tillerson is; he's the old, rich white guy who worked for Trump," James Corden said, trying to set the story up for his audience. "No, no, no. Not that one, the other one. Not that one, either. You'll get there."
Coren went on to explain, "Tillerson found out he was fired over Twitter, because apparently a Snapchat story wasn't presidential enough."
He couldn't help but take note of Trump congratulating everyone mentioned in his tweet, including Tillerson, asking, "Did he just congratulate someone he fired? Then again, maybe even Trump realizes that getting to leave the White House calls for a celebration."
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
When Jimmy Fallon marveled at Tillerson finding out he'd lost his job via Twitter, he joked, "Even Becca from 'The Bachelor,' was like, 'Man, that's cold.'
"It got even worse when the President called him five minutes later and asked him why he didn't retweet it," Fallon continued, adding in his Trump impression, "Come on. I even @ed you and everything."
But perhaps the most perplexing thing for Fallon was the name that wasn't a part of that tweet. "Most people say that they're shocked while Betsy DeVos said, 'Wait, how the hell am I still here? Didn't anyone see "60 Minutes"?'"