Donald Trump’s decision to fire Rex Tillerson could spark a White House bloodbath over claims two other aides vowed to quit if he was ever axed.
The President faces losing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after the three men made a ‘suicide pact’ promising all would go if one was ousted.
Trump is said to be aware of its existence, amid claims fears of its enactment are what stopped him from axing Tillerson despite being displeased with his work.
If the pact was initiated, it would see him lose a fifth of his most senior advisers in just one day.
Tuesday saw Tillerson fired by tweet, with his under secretary Steven Goldstein ditched just a few hours later after revealing the circumstances of his departure.
Mattis and Mnuchin have so-far stayed silent on Tillerson’s departure.
None of the men have ever confirmed or denied the existence of the pact, which comes as another close Trump aide was fired over allegations of ‘serious financial crimes’.
John McEntee was dismissed and escorted from the White House after it was revealed he was the subject of a federal investigation.
No further details of the claims against him have emerged.
But despite the seriousness of the allegations, McEntee was promptly re-employed by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Last week, Trump lost National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn after the men clashed over his introduction of tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum imports.
The week before, his rumored favorite aide Hope Hicks quit after she admitted telling ‘white lies’ for the president during a House Intelligence Committee meeting.
Jared Kushner’s PR Josh Raffel quit on February 27 as his boss’s security clearance was downgraded following concerns over his wealthy family’s property dealings.
Fellow staffer Rob Porter – Hope Hicks’ ex-boyfriend – quit on February 7 after MailOnline published claims that he had battered two of his ex wives.
CDC director Dr Brenda Fitzgerald quit on January 31 after it was reported she’d bought stock in Japan Tobacco despite serving as boss of the public health body.
Other notable faces who quit this year were FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who frequently clashed with Trump, as well as Apprentice star turned comms director Omarosa Manigault.
Trump’s first year in office was also plagued by resignations, with Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci all fired within months of being appointed.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has insisted the White House is not in chaos, and claimed Trump enjoys keeping things fresh.