The latest team Trump personnel change rumor seeping out from the beltway is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s tenure at Foggy Bottom may be on shaky ground. And based on his interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday, Tillerson may be pushing for it to happen sooner rather than later.
Apparently, the President is dissatisfied with the former Exxon Chief’s “in the box” thinking or as Axios reported:
One time recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, “Rex just doesn’t get it, he’s totally establishment in his thinking.”
Trump’s frustration with Tillerson includes the fact that he doesn’t have people in the top jobs at Foggy Bottom.
They know he’s reorganizing the agency, but can’t fathom why he’s allowed these crucial jobs to remain in the hands of staff whose diplomatic stature is diminished because they’re “acting” in the roles.Tillerson’s spokesman R.C. Hammond told Axios it’s because “the system is busted. The Secretary sends over recommendations and they sit on the dock.”
But Trump’s disappointment with the Secretary of State goes beyond personnel and into policy.
For example, the President supported the Saudi-Led blockade of Qatar, because the country was funding terrorism. “Tillerson muddied Trump’s message, urging Qatar’s neighbors to ease up on the blockade and engage in ‘calm and thoughtful dialogue’ Tillerson’s spokesman R.C. Hammond says, “On Qatar, progress will be measured in months and we are seeing it”
Sources from within the beltway are that Tillerson has clashed with the president on some major policy differences.
The Secretary of State was one of the major proponents for delaying the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and against declaring Iran in violation of the nuclear deal. R.C. Hammond defends his boss saying “This admin inherited a lousy deal. It’s taking the circumstances created by the Deal and trying to build around it a policy that addresses all of the threats Iran offers the world.”
President Trump as given in to his Secretary of State twice, it will be interesting to see if the third time is the charm…