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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday mistakenly praised outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a tweet for having “severed our nation well.”

Spicer tweeted a message hailing Tillerson’s work as the top diplomat, but accidentally wrote “severed” instead of “served.”

He later corrected the typo in a second tweet, but not before the initial message made the rounds on social media.

Journalists and other Twitter users quickly picked up on the error, with some mocking it as a “Freudian slip.”

President Trump fired Tillerson earlier Tuesday, announcing the move in a tweet. Trump will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson.

Tillerson said later Tuesday that he would be leaving the department at the end of the month. He thanked State Department staffers in his remarks but did not thank Trump.


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