PressTV: Frustrated at White House, Tillerson looks for an exit: Sources

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[ Editor’s note: Trouble comes to paradise in Trump land, with Tillerson getting out to the media that he AND the State Department are on the target list for more concentration of power in the White House. The alleged America-lovers who backed Trump for patriotic reasons will now begin to see they have been played.

Tillerson understands that America cannot conduct a foreign policy where whatever it says or signs can never be trusted. On the flip side, Trump views that as just another day at the office, a form of having “out negotiated” his opponent, and even allies.

This WH gang does not deal with opposition well, with their emerging theme that the best way to deal with it is to castrate or eliminate it. Despite this word having been overused for some time now, “fascism” is not misused when describing what we might be seeing unrolling before our eyes.

The lens I am looking through is the “deep state” one, for whom Trump and his nationalist gang are the perfect beard. That crowd wants total control; and powerful government departments with very experienced people and big budgets are viewed as a threat to the shoot-from-the-hip amateurs currently at the helm, as they seem to prefer that method versus reaching a negotiated consensus.

Don’t be surprised if Trump fires Tillerson, preempting him resigning. The gamble there is that Tillerson could go more public quickly on the Trump team chaos, and who knows, maybe go to war with the Trump camp. Tillerson is well-heeled and can take any heat coming his way, maybe even countering with how different things would be if he were President.

I had warned early that Trump was self-destructive and would do himself in with time, if the prosecutors don’t get to him first. But the risk we have to fear is how many of us he might take with him, as he is not a gracious loser.

The Democrats have to be careful not to overplay their hand. They would do better to watch an emerging battle of “Trump against the people” emerge, without the party names, because people would have a deaf ear towards taking partisan politics seriously. This may seem counter-intuitive, but in the Intel world, many things areJim W. Dean ]

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How much fallout could there be with Tillerson leaving and “going public”?

  –  First published … July 24, 2017  –

The United States’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be considering parting ways with the White House amid widening differences with President Donald Trump on a number of subjects, including on Iran, US sources say.

The CNN reported on Monday that Tillerson faced “a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives at the Capitol for a briefing, in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

A former CEO at the oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, Tillerson was appointed secretary of state after Trump secured an upset victory in the US presidential election in November last year.

As America’s top diplomat, Tillerson would have been expected to play a considerable role in policy-making and have the president’s ear on foreign policy in particular. Frustration at boiling point?

But since assuming office in January this year, Tillerson has seen room shrinking for him in the president’s inner circle. On a number of major issues, he has either been sidelined, overruled, rebuked, or ignored altogether.

However, he had been hoping that the status quo would change for the better. Until now, that is. Two sources “familiar with Tillerson[’s] conversations with friends outside Washington” told CNN that the US secretary of state was growing increasingly frustrated, and was losing hope that a shift in the presidential mood was in order.

While he had previously signaled determination to stay at the job for at least one year amid the differences, the sources said “they would not be surprised if there was a ‘Rexit’ from Foggy Bottom sooner that [sic] that.”

Tillerson’s differences with the White House first emerged when the administration proposed to drastically slash State Department funding in May. In a leaked internal State Department memo, Tillerson said he was “deeply concerned about the timing and the size of the reductions.” He did not get his way, and ultimately offered a public defense of the cuts, a sign that he was unwilling to let the matter turn into an open dispute.

According to the CNN, Tillerson was also opposed to Trump’s recent public reprimand of Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the latter’s recusal from an investigation of White House links with Russia.

Most recently, Tillerson was said to have been rebuked by Trump because the secretary of state had failed to provide the US president with “options” other than certifying Iranian compliance with a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, to which the US is a party.

Trump has reportedly assigned a team of White House confidantes to look for ways to avoid a recertification in the future, sidelining the State Department.

Tillerson has not publicly clashed with Trump, and his personal views regarding Iran are largely unknown.

He recommended recertification of Iranian compliance in a recent meeting of Trump’s national security team, but has not conspicuously strayed from the hard-line stance of the Trump administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic.


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10 Responses to "PressTV: Frustrated at White House, Tillerson looks for an exit: Sources"

  1. JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Given that the Trump administration is going into full melt down mode, I wonder what the odds are in Vegas as to when this administration will finally implode? The Trumpettes however continue to dig in no matter how bad it gets. They’ve been had big time as well. Most won’t admit to it or are too stupid to figure it out.
    The worse it gets for Trumpy the more dangerous he becomes to all around him ….and us as well. His mental illness may worsen, in fact I would bet on it.
    The only problem with the removal of Trump would be his replacement, a religious extremist and dispensationalist.

    • Eduardo  July 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Betsy de Voos would be the perfect next Prez – just to continue American tradition to baptise themselves and others with fire and “true” religion.

    • JohnZ  July 26, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I lived in the Grand Rapids, Mi. area for 17 years and all you heard was DeVos this and DeVos that. They ran that town. Both the DeVos’s and the Prince’s (Betsy’s maiden name) are evangelical/fundamentalist/dominionists. VT did a write up on dear ole Betsy….not pretty at all.

  2. joetv  July 24, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Is there a connection between Trump’s decision to stop funding terrorist ISIS/ Al Queda, and the Tillerson rumor. Pipeline politics at play. Maybe we will ease up on Venezuela too. It’s a beautiful country with grand vistas. Excellent for hotels, and golf resorts.

    • JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Trump has not stopped funding terrorists, he is simply supplying them from another source point, namely Saudi Arabia, where he signed a deal to sell them $350 billion in high tech weapons. Guess where they will end up?

  3. joetv  July 24, 2017 at 8:16 am

    What to do? What to do?
    Tillerson is big oil. Big oil trumps hotel/golf magnate. While Trump and his family steal with both hands, seemingly in this game for the short run. Rex Tillerson must have eyes which look over centuries. The long game. They are two seperate level of thief, akin to little thief misdemeanor Trump, big thief Felony Tillerson. Where as Trump/Kushner stealing looks like small change and criminal, while Tillerson/ExxonMobile thievery is disguised under the cloak of national good/security, but is massive grand theft/murder, /rape / pillaging, not run of the mill stuff but major crimes against humanity, and our earth itself. Let Ivanka sell her dresses, Trump open his hotels and Kushner(?), well we need to watch him closely. Chain him down, really. Get the picture. Maybe Scaramucci can recommend an uncle to take Rex’s spot. Is that jazz I hear? Are they dancing the fox trot?
    Seriously Trump needs to get the Zioniist’s away from his ear so he can hear us clearly. He sounds stupid, and McCainish when speaking of Iran. Tillerson can go, and should go. Replace him with Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and make peace with the people. She can use the experience. I like her. She looks uh, whadda ya call it? Presidential? Yeah that’s it. Presidential

    • Eduardo  July 25, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Do you want to burn one of the last decent American politicians?
      It might be better to practise a little patience and wait until the rats fighting each other for prey have weakened themselves sufficiently for the final extinction to take place.

  4. wjabbe  July 24, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Whatever Tillerson is or is not, he must be a good judge of people by now. Even if he decided to give Adolf Trump the benefit of the doubt, surely he has seen enough now to realize Adolf’s true colors. I am sure Tillerson does not like working for a pathological liar and cheater. He doesn’t need this. He can’t make a difference. He should resign now before Adolf can make him look bad. Things are only going to get worse. Every day Adolf digs himself into a deeper hole. He is no Adolf Hitler.

  5. David Odell  July 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Tillerson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He started out as a civil engineer, and while I do not see anything civil about bulldozers and excavators, there is a certain earthy quality to civil engineers. This is either a dance of good cop bad cop, or the amount and intensity of the cries from the ground and ocean have reached his ears. It certainly would be a sad report on the state of affairs if Exxon Mobil had more ethics than the president. I do not see Tillerson having a problem with the ax. One thing we can assume, is that he would come into contact with a different crowd as regards planetary health and 9/11 , serving at the state dept, as opposed to Exxons closed loop. Great documentary “Chasing Coral” is making the rounds and nothing beats equations like time lapse photography.

    • JohnZ  July 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

      The problem is that E/M does not have any moral advantage over Trump. They bought oil stolen from Iraq and Syria through Erdogan. That makes them supporters of terrorism.

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