Another adult has left the Trump administration.
Rex doesn’t know it just yet, but he should be popping the champagne. One of Trump’s better picks, Tillerson was also one of the most admired. A contentious relationship from the start, no doubt, but he did give the president his best counsel.
It was clear going in that each had a different approach. They butted heads on Iran, Russia, the Middle-East, and then lately on the new North Korean proposed summit reportage and gas attack in the UK targeting an out of favor ex Russian spy.
Where Tillerson was an old school ,”Walk softly and carry a big stick” diplomat who understood the importance of building relationships, Trump was all about the presentation and how well he looked at the photo-op. Tillerson understood smoke-filled back room wrangling, Trump was convinced his deal making would show his awesomeness and do his persuading for him. Tillerson was a Reagan era cold warrior, Trump would throw out history and make the sale.
They also clashed on State Dept. vision; Tillerson wanted the cabinet posts filled, where Trump used slow style strangulation to shrink State, thinking diplomacy was over rated and had no priority for it.
This latest tariff initiative pushed Cohn out, Trump figured it was going to be the last straw for his Secretary of State as well since Tillerson was also a free trade guy who was not going to sell tariffs.
If the latest is true, that Tillerson was blindsided by this firing, it just provides greater foundation to the notion that Trump is a coward. Making the employee suffer, making his life miserable, torturing him out of office and cutting off his legs in public, this is the style of the ,”Your fired” guy, not honorable and not very manly. This is exactly what he is doing with Sessions.
Mike Pompeo is a good man, although why he would want this job is baffling. At CIA he was a spook, under the radar and out of sight, not so much here.
When I got wind that Trey Gowdy was leaving, for a split second I thought to myself that Trump back channel offered him the A.G. job. Then it dawned on me, Gowdy is smarter than that.
TBH, if Mattis or Kelly decides they have had enough and can’t stomach it anymore, this administration is effectively over.