Is Rex Tillerson on the Chopping Block?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may not have been the most qualified person to ever take on a cabinet position, but the former Exxon executive has been dutifully and adequately performing his new role — at least in comparison to the myriad other officials who quit or were forced to resign due to incompetence or misuse of office.

Yet somehow, Tillerson may be the next one ousted from the Trump administration. Is his head really on the chopping block, or has a mercurial President Donald Trump changed his mind yet again?

Just as recently as last week, rumors continued to swirl that the former CEO was on his way out the door. Maybe it was the October news that Tillerson had referred to President Trump as a moron, or perhaps it was just a general disdain for any underling who didn’t immediately and unequivocally kowtow to him — but either way, many expected Tillerson to be fired at any moment.

“The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Donald Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said Thursday,” The Star reported, adding that, “It was not immediately clear whether Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department.”

The news spread through the media like wildfire, and it didn’t dissipate even when Tillerson took off on yet another foreign policy trip — this time to visit Europe. In fact, the rumors may have undermined his entire diplomatic mission.

As the Huffington Post reports:

On the eve of his trip to Europe, Rex Tillerson gave a speech last week that European allies had waited months to hear: an “ironclad” promise of U.S. support to its oldest allies. The relief in European capitals lasted barely a day as reports surfaced of a White House plan to oust the U.S. secretary of state, plunging America’s friends back into confusion over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. “Just as Tillerson comes to Brussels to give a public statement of support that the EU and NATO have wanted all along, it seems he has no mandate, that the guillotine is hanging over his head,” one EU official told the news outlet.

Suddenly, despite the open secret of Tillerson’s impending removal, both Tillerson and the president himself now claim that the entire story was made up.

“President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that reports he would soon fire Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson were ‘fake news,’ and that ‘I call the final shots,’” the Hindu Times reports. ”The tweet came hours after Mr. Tillerson called reports that the White House wanted him to resign ‘laughable,’  even as one of his close aide planned to leave the State Department. Mr. Trump tweeted, ‘He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, [I call the final shots] we work well together and America is highly respected again!’”

“This is a narrative that keeps coming up about every six weeks,” Tillerson also told the press, according to The Hill. “And I would say you all need to get some new sources because your story keeps being wrong.”

So is the president of the United States really firing his secretary of state? While that remains unclear, Tillerson’s time in office is limited.

Either he will be fired or he is being needled into quitting on his own. Tillerson’s effectiveness as any sort of diplomat has been completely destroyed by an administration that clearly wants him out. After all, there is no reason to float a story about firing a secretary unless the intention is to make him incapable of successfully performing his job.

It may not be this week, but you can be sure Tillerson is almost through at the State Department. The only question now is if he will leave on his own, or wait until the president finally kicks him out.

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29 comments

Joan E
Joan E5 days ago

He may be another Russian plant, but he is smart enough to know Trump is a moron.

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Brian F
Brian F5 days ago

Why should a dirty oil company CEO hold any position of power in the Government? Tillerson may be better than the other horrible members in Trump's cabinet, and correctly called Trump a moron, but it is unacceptable to see a dirty fossil fuel industry liar like Rex Tillerson have any position of power in the Government. So if he is fired, good.

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K Terri M
K Terri Morris6 days ago

Tillerson isn't great or even good, but he is certainly better than most of Trump's cabinet. There are others I'd rather see go before him. At least he has the intelligence to see Trump for what he is ... a moron!

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Mike Kely
Mike Kely6 days ago

You don't suppose that Tillerson calling Trump a "F*cking moron" had something to do with Trump's latest hissy fit, do you?

https://www.thedailybeast.com/stung-over-being-called-a-moron-donald-trump-now-insists-nbc-is-run-by-morons

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Anne Moran
Anne M6 days ago

Chop, chop....

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Freya H
Freya H6 days ago

tRump is just looking for another sacrificial lamb to bloody his rotten altar. Not that Tillerson's a lamb, though.

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Marianne C
Marianne C6 days ago

Probably. I just hope it ticks him off enough for him to testify against Trump and tell everything he knows.

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Ian Crory
Ian C6 days ago

ty

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M Q
M Q6 days ago

Trump is readying to fire another one of his staff No surprises there. He’ll have no one left to fire eventually.

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Wesley Struebing

I don't know who would replace him (if the Mango Menace replaces hom, you KNOW it will be worse), but his tenure has certainly not been stellar.

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