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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 01 December 2017 - 02:08 AM

Trump To Replace Tillerson With Pompeo: Report

The Washington Times
By S.A. Miller and Dave Boyer
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is on his way out after a rocky relationship with President Trump but likely will finish out the year, according to administration officials.

The president has had a fractious relationship with his top diplomat for months, and the leaks to news media that added to the friction also revealed the plan Thursday to ease Mr. Tillerson out the door.

Mr. Trump is considering replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo within weeks. The president would then tap Army combat veteran Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, to take over at Langley, The New York Times first reported.

Administration official confirmed to The Washington Times that the plan to oust Mr. Tillerson, a former Exxon CEO, had been set in motion.

The White House pushed back has best it could to allow Mr. Tillerson a graceful exit.

“When the president loses confidence with someone, they will no longer be here,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, noting that Mr. Tillerson was with Mr. Trump earlier to host the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain at the White House.

However, under a barrage of questions at the daily White House briefing, Mrs. Sanders refused to explicitly say that the president still had confidence in Mr. Tillerson.

Earlier, Mr. Trump also offered a lackluster defense of his secretary of state. “He’s here. Rex is here,” said the president.

Mrs. Sanders said she wouldn’t waste her time trying to figure out the origin of anonymously sourced news stories about intrigue in the president’s Cabinet. She also said the reports would not impede Mr. Tillerson from doing his job.

“The secretary of state is a pretty tough guy,” she said.

Former Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer called the report of expected personnel changes “a disastrous leak.”

“Whoever did it is not loyal to the President and it’s harmful to the State Dept. This lack of discipline is a mess,” Mr. Fleischer tweeted.

Mr. Trump’s relationship with Mr. Tillerson has been fraying for months, coming to a boil in October when NBC News reported that at a Pentagon meeting over the summer the secretary called the president a “moron.”

Mr. Trump also publicly broke with Mr. Tillerson over announcing Sept. 30 that he had opened “lines of communications” with North Korea.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Mr. Trump tweeted the next day. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

Mr. Tillerson shrugged off reports that he was being replaced by Mr. Pompeo, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

“He kind of brushed this off today. He’s heard these kinds of stories before,” she said. “He’s just going on about his business.”

She said White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, who reportedly developed the reorganization plan, had called Mr. Tillerson’s top aide to say “the rumors are not true, that the reports are not true.”

Washington insiders have long speculated that Mr. Tillerson wouldn’t last out the year. Names bandied as potential replacements included U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley.

Instead, Mr. Pompeo a former three-term member of Congress, emerged to head up the State Department, which has been in turmoil since the start of the Trump administration due to budget cuts and an exodus of career diplomats.

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:41 AM

I like Tillerson. I like Trump. But I think they're two people who just should not be working together, or even in the same room at the same time.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:18 AM

Replace him with Tom Cotton?

Take a decent conservative out of the senate and assume an easy replacement?
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:26 AM

More unnamed sources, did we not hear these same claims this past summer and then again in September? it is like every 3 months they are claiming the guy is on the way out.

We just need to keep in mind that Tillerson is remaking the state department and causing many of the swamp creatures uncomfortable with the fear of losing their cushy jobs. They more than likely believe that if they can get rid of Tillerson that they will keep their department from being remade and restructured to fit America better.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:30 AM

View PostSpecs, on 01 December 2017 - 08:26 AM, said:

More unnamed sources, did we not hear these same claims this past summer and then again in September? it is like every 3 months they are claiming the guy is on the way out.

We just need to keep in mind that Tillerson is remaking the state department and causing many of the swamp creatures uncomfortable with the fear of losing their cushy jobs. They more than likely believe that if they can get rid of Tillerson that they will keep their department from being remade and restructured to fit America better.

That's a fair point. We don't know that the career insiders aren't the ones making this up.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:56 AM

View PostDutch13, on 01 December 2017 - 08:18 AM, said:

Replace him with Tom Cotton?

Take a decent conservative out of the senate and assume an easy replacement?

Word is he'll go to CIA
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 09:02 AM

View PostModerator T, on 01 December 2017 - 08:56 AM, said:

Word is he'll go to CIA

And in other news Julian Assange over at Wikileaks has announced Cotton will be Trump's "Himmler" because he's funded by arms manufacturers, Goldman Sachs, Neocons, and Ultra-Zionists....


He's Himmler.... Because he's owned by the Jews..... :blink:


And idiots on the left think Trump and Wikileaks are/were in cahoots.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 09:15 AM

There was a rumor going around yesterday that the United States was going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The story went on to say that Tillerson was fighting it. Are these related? I can't even confirm that either one is true.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 09:52 AM

View PostModerator T, on 01 December 2017 - 08:56 AM, said:

Word is he'll go to CIA


I don't have a problem with him as CIA director, but I am concerned about who replaces him in the senate. We assumed that Jeff Sessions' replacement would waltz right into the office. He might, but it has been a much bigger headache than anyone anticipated.....and beyond that, (I truly know very little about Roy Moore beyond headlines) do we really want him in office? He displayed very little knowledge on topics of immigration and he has a questionable dating history (which I will admit that was a hard thing to anticipate popping up after all this time).




I still like the idea of an international businessman being our Secretary of State.


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 10:03 AM

The headline should be: "Hillary? Clinton Still Not President"
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 11:04 AM

View Postbigpapa, on 01 December 2017 - 09:15 AM, said:

There was a rumor going around yesterday that the United States was going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The story went on to say that Tillerson was fighting it. Are these related? I can't even confirm that either one is true.


Theoretically, that happened in '95 with the Jerusalem Embassy Act but which also gave the President the authority to waive it. Every president since then HAS waived it, including Trump on Monday.


Basically, the '95 JEA gives the President the authority to recognize Jerusalem but doesn't require it. It was just congress tossing a hot potato out of their lap.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 10:16 PM

View PostSpecs, on 01 December 2017 - 08:26 AM, said:

More unnamed sources, did we not hear these same claims this past summer and then again in September? it is like every 3 months they are claiming the guy is on the way out.

We just need to keep in mind that Tillerson is remaking the state department and causing many of the swamp creatures uncomfortable with the fear of losing their cushy jobs. They more than likely believe that if they can get rid of Tillerson that they will keep their department from being remade and restructured to fit America better.


:exactly:
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