The relationship between Donald Trump and his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been on the rocks for months now. Things grew especially tense between the two men after Trump began to favor his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over Tillerson. Trump has also humiliated Tillerson greatly by undermining his work with North Korea, stating that diplomatic talks were useless. And let’s not forget that when Tillerson made headlines for calling Trump a “moron,” the relationship was beyond repair.
Recently, it was reported that Trump has had enough of Tillerson, and that the White House is planning to get rid of him and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. As Tillerson’s demise in the Trump administration has been a much-discussed issue for a while, that announcement came as no surprise. However, Tillerson is actually denying it.
In reaction to the widespread reports that stated Trump was going to replace him and wants him to resign, Tillerson told reporters, “It’s laughable … laughable.”
It seems there isn’t a consensus about anything in the White House, adding to the confusion. Trump himself would not even clarify reports that he’s trying to purge the White House of Tillerson’s influence. When he was asked yesterday if he still wanted Tillerson to continue his role, Trump wouldn’t even give a straight answer. Trump simply said, “He’s here. Rex is here.”
According to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, Tillerson’s chief of staff was told by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that those reports about Tillerson being kicked out are not true.
We have never seen such a lack of cohesiveness from an administration. Either the Trump administration is trying to keep this quiet for now, or Tillerson is in extreme denial (just like his boss). No one can seem to come to an agreement on anything, and the mixed messages coming from Trump’s White House keeps the country in a perpetual state of chaos and confusion. At this point, can we believe anything coming from the Trump administration?
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